"SNMG2 is demonstrating here in the Aegean how NATO can work effectively with FRONTEX and national authorities in support of the international effort against human trafficking," said Vice Admiral Johnstone. "The coordination and cooperation I've witnessed during my short time aboard is impressive, and I'm proud of what we've accomplished thus far.
"The visit of COM MARCOM shows the importance of what we are doing here. It is much easier to communicate face-to-face than by using telephone or email, especially when it comes to discussing such detailed issues," said Rear Admiral Klein. "It was also a statement to the crew and the other ships of SNMG2, to honour what they are doing.
"BONN is currently patrolling the Aegean Sea, conducting reconnaissance, monitoring and surveillance activities as directed, and is sharing information with Turkish and Greek authorities and the European Union's border agency, FRONTEX, to assist in the international efforts to counter human trafficking and criminal networks in the region.
Story by NATO Allied Maritime Command Public Affairs Office
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