Nato begins Dynamic Mongoose 2017 anti-submarine warfare exercise in Iceland


Nato has launched the Dynamic Mongoose 2017 (DMON17) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise off the coast of Iceland.

The exercise will see vessels, submarines, aircraft and personnel from ten allied nations collaborate in the North Atlantic Ocean for anti-submarine and anti-surface training.

Nato Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO) will assume operational control of the initiative, which is set to feature submarines from France, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, and the US joining a fleet of 11 surface ships from Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Norway, Poland, the Netherlands, the UK and the US, as well as Nato's NRV Alliance research vessel.

Iceland is the exercise's host nation, and is offering support from both the Reykjavik Harbour and the Keflavik Air Base.

Eight maritime aircraft from Canada, France, Germany, Iceland and the US will operate from Keflavik Air Base under the operational command of Nato Maritime Air Command (COMMARAIR) in order to support the simulated multi-threat environment.

"I look forward to taking part in exercise Dynamic Mongoose, to enhance our ability to conduct advanced surface and subsurface ASW in a realistic and challenging environment."

The Nato Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) will deploy and test maritime unmanned systems for ASW as part of the trial, particularly OEX Explorer autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and Wave-Glider unmanned surface vehicles (USVs).

Each surface vessel under the tactical command of Standing Nato Maritime Group One (SNMG1) will be able to carry out a wide range of submarine operations by closely coordinating their efforts with both air and surface participants.

SNMG1 commodore Ole Morten Sandquist said: “I look forward to taking part in exercise Dynamic Mongoose, to enhance our ability to conduct advanced surface and subsurface ASW in a realistic and challenging environment, off Iceland.

“The exercise is a great opportunity to train, experiment, and share best practice and lessons learned among all participating units.”