Nato Naval Mine Warfare Centre personnel from a total of 14 allied and partner nations are participating in the mine countermeasures exercise Dynamic Move 2022.

Dynamic Move is a biannual exercise conducted by Northwood-headquartered Nato Maritime Command (MARCOM).

The latest iteration of this exercise commenced at the La Spezia Naval Base in Italy. It will conclude on 9 September.

It is a computer-assisted exercise that intends to hone the capabilities and skills of participating personnel and staff members to effectively perform comprehensive mine countermeasures missions.

The 14 participant countries are Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, the US, Canada, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Poland and some observers from Iraq, as a Nato partner nation.

Apart from Naval Mine Warfare Centre personnel, the Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group 2 staff has also participated in the exercise.

Exercise director and Spanish Navy Captain David Portal said: “Dynamic Move, a tactical level naval mine warfare computer assisted exercise sponsored by MARCOM, aims to exercise naval mine warfare and enhance standardisation and integration of our crews.

“This enables us to enhance Nato’s ability to conduct operations and promotes the convergence of Allied naval capabilities for future multi-domain warfare scenarios.”

As part of the ten-day long exercise, the naval mine warfare experts along with the subject-matter experts will provide training and guidance to the participants.

Furthermore, the exercise allows the participating nations to develop and sustain well trained mine countermeasures forces that can facilitate seamless integration. 

The subject-matter experts include legal advisors, maritime scientists, media trainers and Nato Shipping Centre officials.