Sailors and airmen from nine Nato member nations are set to participate in the Nato’s advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise, Dynamic Mongoose.
The exercise will commence on 13 June in the North Atlantic region.
Dynamic Mongoose will see participation of three submarines, 16 maritime patrol aircraft and 11 surface ships from the US, Norway, the UK, Portugal, Canada, Germany, France, Denmark and the Netherlands.
All the participating units in this year’s Dynamic Mongoose will reach Reykjavik, Iceland on 9 June.
This exercise is held annually in the Norwegian Sea, where various personnel, submarines, surface ships and aircraft converge for ASW training.
The long-planned exercise is led by Nato’s Allied Maritime Command (AMC).
Dynamic Mongoose aims to provide realistic, complex and challenging warfare training to the participants, to hone their ASW and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) along with interoperability skills, while maintaining safety.
The exercise will see submarines taking turns for hunting and being hunted in close coordination with the surface and air participants.
During the exercise, the participants will also demonstrate the mobility and readiness of the maritime element of Very High Readiness Joint Task Force’s (VJTF), Nato’s Response Force (NRF) spearhead.
Nato US Navy submarines commander rear admiral Stephen Mack said: “These exercises are designed to gain experience, enhance teamwork, and improve knowledge of the operating area strengthening the Nato Alliance’s interoperability.
“They will take place in the expansive waters of Greenland, Iceland and the UK (GIUK) Gap between Iceland and Norway, demonstrating Nato’s ability operate in the area, including our role in maintaining freedom of navigation for the international maritime community.”