HMS Portland has joined the largest submarine hunt of the year in the Atlantic, a two-week NATO workout called Exercise Dynamic Mongoose!

The Royal Navy say here that the Devonport-based warship has locked horns with ‘the enemy below’, joining colleagues from eight allied navies and nations concentrating their efforts in the Norwegian Sea on Exercise Dynamic Mongoose.

“Hosted by either Iceland or Norway – this year participants are gathering in Reykjavik before the training begins in earnest on Monday – Dynamic Mongoose is one of two large-scale anti-submarine exercises NATO runs.

The current exercise tests collective abilities in the cold, open, deep waters of the Norwegian Sea and North Atlantic. Dynamic Manta, held earlier this year off Sicily, does the same, but in warmer, shallower, more confined waters of the Mediterranean.

Depth, temperature, salinity and water layers in the ocean are key factors in submarine warfare, directly impacting on the effectiveness of sonar. The Royal Navy is committed to both; a Merlin flight from RNAS Culdrose was dispatched to Manta to demonstrate its prowess in hunting submarines.

And one of the helicopters is also embarked on Portland: the combination of Merlin and a Type 23 frigate is the most potent in the Royal Navy’s anti-submarine warfare arsenal.”

There are three boats to chase down, with ten warships and more than a dozen maritime patrol aircraft – including an RAF P8 Poseidon – and helicopters involved in the hunt. You can read more on this directly from the Royal Navy here.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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David Steeper
David Steeper
9 days ago

Type 23 plus towed array plus Merlin. Nice.

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Brooklyn
9 days ago
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Spyinthesky
6 days ago
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David Barry
David Barry
9 days ago

So the article says that 10 frigates hunt down 3 subs…

We have 8 on order. Allies are great but the Falklands was fought alone.

Simplistic I know, but, one T26 and a working Merlin is probably not enough… we need more ASW frigates in this cold war fight versus China and Russia.

Mr C Bailes
Mr C Bailes
5 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

The Merlin is a much more advanced sub hunter than the Seaking. I won’t say how much more, just much, much more.

David Barry
David Barry
4 days ago
Reply to  Mr C Bailes

It was fiction.
It was 50ish years ago.
But, Tom Clancy wrote Red Storm Rising with some impressive contributors:
2 ffgs, 2 helos working one contact because of cross vectoring and thermoclines… has physics changed so much in the years passed ?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
3 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

Great novel David!

Farouk
Farouk
9 days ago

It never fails to amaze me how f-ing stupid loved up service men and women can be: British Submariners’ Emails Put U.K. Nuclear Deterrent At Risk, Judge Rules An affair between two U.K. Royal Navy officers serving on nuclear submarines threatened the security of the country’s nuclear deterrent, according to the judge at a military court. The two individuals have both been formally discharged from the navy and have received suspended prison sentences. Details of the 2020 incident were made public following a recent court-martial. The two officers, Lt. Sophie Brook and Lt. Cdr. Nicholas Stone, were serving aboard the… Read more »

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BobA
BobA
9 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Different circumstances, but we had to cancel an op on HERRICK when quite innocently one of the blokes put on FB “bit nervous about going into xxxx tomorrow.”

He was mortified when it got cancelled and he was being interviewed by SIB and Int.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
9 days ago
Reply to  BobA

That I can understand. A mistake by a soldier and he and all around him learned a valuable lesson.
The officers in the navy should and do know better. To share the information about sub ops outside of who is allowed to know is really bad. Then to do it not even in person and over a yahoo account! They had no need to share the info. It’s not like they were going to meet up for date night in the sea. I didn’t even know people still used yahoo. Thought it was defunct. So stupid.

BobA
BobA
9 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

Fully agree, Lord knows what they were trying to achieve.

Matt
Matt
4 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

Not a very “silent service” !

Jay R
Jay R
9 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Absolutely disgusting. Why would there ever be a need to exchange this kind of information using publicly available email accounts. Pathetic and actually quite disturbing. That should be jailed.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
9 days ago

These training exercises are what makes the nato forces so great.

Chris
Chris
9 days ago

What submarines are involved?

Tommo
Tommo
9 days ago

All enclusive Photo type23 merlin and rainbow well it is pride month as we keep being told 🌈⚓

Paul.P
Paul.P
7 days ago