NATO has successfully completed its Dynamic Mongoose anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise with the support of allied nations off the coast of Norway.
Approximately 3,000 sailors and aircrew from eight allies, including Canada, the UK and the US, participated in the exercise.
During the exercise, submarines under operational control of Nato Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO) joined forces with the surface ships under Standing Nato Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and maritime patrol aircraft under Nato Maritime Air Command (MARCOM) control in a simulated multi-threat environment.
The drill aimed to provide participants with complex warfare training to improve their anti-surface warfare skills, as well as their ASW interoperability and efficiency.
SNMG1 commander rear admiral Jose Delgado said: "Dynamic Mongoose has provided the opportunity to enhance Nato Anti-Submarine Warfare skills, practising in a realistic and well-planned scenario.
"This quality exercise, conducted in a challenging oceanographic environment, with very professional aircrews and excellent submarine playmates has undoubtedly increased SNMG1 and allies subsurface warfare skills."
The exercise was support by an in-stride debriefing team (IDT), which was led by MARCOM’s NEAC division.
The team rebuilt and assessed the warfare events and provided near real-time debriefs to ships, submarines and aircrews.
The debriefs also allowed the crews to expedite their respective lesson-learned processes, make adjustments, and enhance performance and ASW readiness.
The IDT comprised ASW experts supported by Nato’s CIS Agency, and conducted its mission from Oerland Air Base, working in conjunction with the maritime patrol aircraft and the Nato Maritime Air Command staff.
Image: Naval fleet in action during the Dynamic Mongoose exercise. Photo: courtesy of MARCOM.