Dynamic Mongoose exercise enhances Anti-Submarine Warfare skills and interoperability among NATO nations.

Twelve NATO nations have commenced the large-scale Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise, Dynamic Mongoose, in the North Atlantic on April 24th.

The annual NATO-led live exercise (LIVEX) in the High North will put the Alliance through its paces with a range of complex scenarios, as participating units respond to sub-surface threats in the challenging Norwegian Sea.

The exercise aims to improve cooperation among NATO forces and enhance interoperability within the ASW domain. It is a sister event to Dynamic Manta, where in February, ships, submarines, aircraft, and personnel from nine Allied nations gathered in the Central Mediterranean Sea for similar anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare training.

“These exercises enable our Allies and teams to sharpen their skills as well as work on new tactics while enhancing interoperability, coordination, and teamwork”, said Commander, Submarines NATO U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Stephen Mack.

Throughout the 11-day exercise, submarines from three Allied nations will engage in both hunting and evading activities. The participating units will undertake a range of demanding tasks, including support from Maritime Patrol Aircraft from seven nations, and the involvement of up to 15 surface ships from 10 Allied nations.

Units will develop their ASW and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW) abilities in the seas between Norway, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland, making use of air bases across the region.

The high-tempo training will encompass dynamic scenarios to evaluate all units’ capacity to tackle any threat in the sub-surface domain, a critical skillset as NATO continues to adapt to emerging security challenges.

Iceland serves as the primary host nation for the exercise, with participating countries including Canada, Denmark and the Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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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 previously worked for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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