The Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19 Nato multinational maritime exercise off the coast of Spain has been completed.

Exercise Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19 involved two submarines, 32 surface ships, and 18 air platforms, including maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters.

The 11-day exercise brought together personnel and equipment from 18 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, France and Germany.

During the exercise, the forces performed anti-submarine, surface and anti-air warfare manoeuvres, as well as air operations and mine countermeasures to amphibious and force protection operations.

Standing Nato Maritime Group Two commander commodore Josée Kurtz said: “I would like to congratulate SPMARFOR, the Nato Response Force that will be led by Spain in 2020, for doing a tremendous job hosting and leading Dynamic Mariner.

“This was a complex and layered exercise that provided tremendous training value to participants at all levels, from the task force and task group levels to individual ships and division members.”

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The exercise served as a platform to test Nato’s Response Force Maritime Component (NRF/M) and interoperability with Nato forces.

The scenarios helped increase interoperability among allied countries.

Spanish Maritime Forces commander vice-admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave said: “For my staff, this was the first of two certification periods at sea, providing us a valuable chance to hone our skills in preparation for assumption of NRF 2020.

“Looking at the big picture, this was a great chance for multiple Nato nations to come together and excel during a large, multinational joint exercise, and in doing so, to reinforce the strength and stability of our shared alliance.”

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.