Standing NATO Maritime Group One have concluded their participation in the annual Norwegian-led anti-submarine exercise Dynamic Mongoose.
SNMG1 is composed of the US flagship, the destroyer USS Gravely, British frigate HMS Westminster, and Turkish frigate TCG Gokova.
According to the Alliance, the exercise was designed to enhance Anti-Submarine Warfare of the participating Allied nations in a challenging environment due to the unpredictable sea state and weather conditions in this region.
“The ASW capabilities of these units were put to the test in this challenging environment which provided beneficial experience and knowledge while simultaneously contributing to increased interoperability among NATO Allies and demonstrating NATO’s capabilities, capacities and determination to defend Allies.”
“The exercise planners and the team at Submarines NATO did an excellent job designing the exercise for us to operate in multiple different environments, requiring us to constantly assess and evaluate our operating area, highlighting the diversity of NATO Maritime capabilities and interoperability,” said Rear Admiral Cashman, Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group One.
“They designed the exercise in such a way that challenges us as the task group staff, and the units from the stand point of needing to understand the various environmental conditions in the ocean as well as needing to understand the adversary and how the submarines are going to use that environment to their advantage.”