Seven Nato allies will participate in the Dynamic Mariner -20 (DYMR20) exercise taking place off the coast of France.

The exercise will commence on 28 September and will run until 8 October. It is expected to increase the flexibility of the allies and boost their ability to work together.

Exercise Dynamic Mariner -20 will involve 31 surface ships, one submarine, three maritime patrol aircraft, and other air assets.

Personnel and equipment from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and the US will participate.

NATO Maritime Command is leading DYMR20, which involves Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2).

The operations have been reduced, keeping in mind safety precautions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the NATO Maritime Command said: “All our missions have robust procedures in place to protect our people and prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus.

“Because of these enhanced measures, we have not seen active transmission within any of Nato’s Standing Naval Forces.

“All our forces are able to continue conducting missions in a manner that takes precautionary measures, while still ensuring readiness. Our forces remain prepared, vigilant, and ready to act if called upon.”

The maritime strength of Nato is based on the capability of the elements of Standing Forces and National Response Force to participate with national forces and task groups of high capability and readiness.

Regular training is expected to offer a ‘collectively trained and interoperable capability’ that can be deployed by Nato if needed.

The NATO Response Force (NRF) is a multinational force designed to provide quick deployment capabilities.

The force includes land, air, maritime and special operations forces (SOF) components.

In October last year, the Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19 Nato multinational maritime exercise was completed off the coast of Spain.