In the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, NATO’s Dynamic Mongoose 24 exercise has brought together ships, submarines, aircraft, and thousands of personnel from 10 allied nations to sharpen their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) skills.

Running from 29 April to 10 May, this annual exercise spans from Norway to Iceland in the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom-Norway (GIUK-N) Gap.

Hosted this year by Norway, with events occurring from Stavanger to Reykjavik, Iceland, Dynamic Mongoose 24 focuses on training submarine crews to evade detection while enhancing the capability of surface vessels and aircraft to locate and neutralise potential threats beneath the waves.

For the first time since Sweden’s accession as a full member of NATO on 7 March, a Swedish Navy’s Gotland-class submarine is participating in the drills.

“We are excited to incorporate the stealth of one of Sweden’s advanced, silent Gotland-class submarines into Dynamic Mongoose this year,” stated U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Thomas Wall, Commander, Submarines NATO, in a press release.

“We’ve been collaborating with the Swedish Navy for many years, so the interoperability is already there. They bring the experience of a submarine crew well versed in shallow water operations, which firmly enhances our collective defence in the region.”

The exercise also features contributions from submarines of the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with aircraft from Canada, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Surface ships participating include the multinational Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), commanded by Spanish Navy Rear Admiral Joaquin Ruiz Escagedo aboard the flagship ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon, and additional ships from Germany, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Throughout Dynamic Mongoose 24, each unit will engage in a range of submarine-warfare operations, with submarines alternating roles between hunter and hunted, closely integrated with air and surface forces.

Rear Admiral Wall emphasised the strategic importance of such drills in a press release, stating, “As NATO’s maritime force, we leverage exercises like Dynamic Mongoose to hone our team’s proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, safeguarding the Alliance against multi-domain threats. The crew of every single submarine, ship, and aircraft participating in this exercise brings a unique perspective and valuable capability to the table. I continue to be proud of the work they have done, and now it’s time to put it all into practice.”

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Lisa has a degree in Media & Communication from Glasgow Caledonian University and works with industry news, sifting through press releases in addition to moderating website comments.
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Paul.P
Paul.P (@guest_817514)
1 day ago

Putin will target the undersea cables with his new titanium sub.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves (@guest_817584)
22 hours ago
Reply to  Paul.P

no problem our mighty protector will keep them away with it’s imaginary high tech abilities another shocking waste of needed money that could have been used for fitting with and not for purposes.

Mike
Mike (@guest_817686)
18 hours ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Andy that is harsh. Protector is the first effort against a threat which highlighted to the general public after the pipeline on the Baltic was destroyed. For some of us this threat has been going on since the 1980’ with the former Soviet Union using the Yankee notch and Pultis submersible. Protector alone cannot be expected to counter this threat but is the basis for the RN to ensure they get to grips with tactics and hopefully new equipment.

AlexS
AlexS (@guest_817515)
1 day ago

Looking at problems some Europeans countries(Belgium, Germany, Dutch, Danish) have had with air defence in their ships i wonder how realistic have been NATO exercises.
Last one was Karel Doorman delaying its Suez passage due to issues with Goalkeepers.

Paul T
Paul T (@guest_817659)
20 hours ago
Reply to  AlexS

Thinking positively id say those failures are a blessing in disguise,better to find out now and get the problems fixed before they really are needed and a disaster unfolds.

Eric
Eric (@guest_817715)
16 hours ago
Reply to  AlexS

Karel Doorman’s problems are solved, she sailed into the Suez Canal this morning. But these air defence problems should be cause for concern. The question is: who’s next?

Chris
Chris (@guest_817719)
16 hours ago
Reply to  Eric

The germans. The state of their navy is an unmitigated disaster.

Eric
Eric (@guest_817726)
15 hours ago
Reply to  Chris

The Germans have already had to deal with their fair share of problems, it would be really bad if things went wrong on their end again.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves (@guest_817581)
23 hours ago

we must be the best navy on the planet for this kind of warfare.

Lee John fursman
Lee John fursman (@guest_817679)
18 hours ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Best navy in the world for everything I hope 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

Gunbuster
Gunbuster (@guest_817881)
2 minutes ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

We are very, very good at Awfully Slow Warfare which as a maritime nation we should be. Very good ships. Very good sensors. Good aircraft. Very good weapons. T23 is old but T26 is inbound and possibly T31 with remote offboard sensors will be a thing. I cannot get the “148 tanks isn’t enough” going on in another thread. Ukr which lets be honest is where the de facto NATO/ivan border is, is 1500+ Miles from the UK. To get tanks there in a hurry we need a metric S**t tonne of tank transporters and rail links … ASW is… Read more »