The Dynamic Mariner/ Flotex-19 (DYMR/FL19) multinational maritime exercise involving 18 Nato allies has started off the coast of Spain.

Dynamic Mariner is designed to test Nato’s Response Force Maritime Component (NRF/M) and interoperability with Nato forces.

The exercise, which will run until 18 October, will increase interoperability amongst participating countries.

The assets taking part in Flotex-19 include 32 surface ships, two submarines and 18 air assets. The aerial platforms include maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters.

In addition to Spain, the exercise includes the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Belgium, Albania, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Turkey.

The Nato Maritime Command-led exercise involves Standing Nato Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing Nato Maritime Group Two (SNMG2).

Allied Maritime Command said in a statement: “Nato’s maritime strength lies in the ability of the Standing Forces and National Response Force elements to rapidly join with high readiness, high capability national forces and task groups to deliver strategic effect.

“Regular training between these groups is a force multiplier and provides a collectively trained and interoperable capability that Nato can confidently deploy if necessary.”

The Nato Response Force (NRF) is a highly ready multinational force intended to provide quick deployment capabilities at all times.

The force contains land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces (SOF) components.

Another major multinational military exercise, Joint Warrior, has commenced in the UK. The two-week-long exercise involves 3,725 personnel, 16 warships, three submarines and nearly 60 aircraft from around 12 Nato countries.