Nato has successfully completed the Dynamic Mongoose 2017 (DMON17) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Personnel from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the US participated in the exercise using realistic training.

The ten-day exercise improved the ASW capabilities and increased theatre ASW capacity among the participating navies.

US 6th Fleet deputy commander rear-admiral Daryl Caudle said: "Dynamic Mongoose was an important exercise to sharpen and enhance our anti-submarine warfare capabilities with our Nato allies in the challenging maritime environment of the North Atlantic.

“This exercise demonstrates our ability to conduct anti-submarine warfare and prepares us to respond to emerging threats. Simply stated, Dynamic Mongoose improves our lethality in submarine warfare and ensures that we will maintain freedom of movement in the undersea domain."

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DMON17 also witnessed participation from a variety of US assets, such as Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, James E. Williams, a P-8A Poseidon, and two P-3C Orions.

"Dynamic Mongoose provided us the opportunity to engage in realistic maritime training."

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) commanding officer commander Allen Siegrist said: “Dynamic Mongoose provided us the opportunity to engage in realistic maritime training.

“We enjoyed working with our Nato allies, and I am extremely proud of the way the crew performed during this exercise.”

The exercise also aimed to build interoperability and strengthen relationships among allied forces that participated.

The US Naval Forces Europe-Africa / US 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, is responsible for conducting joint and naval operations, often in collaboration with joint, allied and interagency partners, in order to advance US national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

Image: Ensign Paris Bess, from Troy, Ohio, observes an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter during exercise Dynamic Mongoose 17. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.