NATO exercise Dynamic Mongoose has seen personnel from 120 Squadron join ships, submarines and aircraft from six nations to hone anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare skills with the new Poseidon MRA1 aircraft in the North Atlantic, say the RAF in a news release.
The RAF say that on one sortie, using the sophisticated sensor suite fitted to the aircraft, an RAF Poseidon launched simulated attacks within 10 mins of taking over contact from a US Navy Poseidon. This sortie, they say, also offered the 120 Squadron crew the opportunity to practise communications, command and control with NATO allies and directed simulated attacks on a submarine by naval vessels.
The Poseidon Captain flying the mission was quoted by the RAF as saying:
“We worked closely with other Maritime Patrol Aircraft in the area to track several simulated targets, relaying this information back to the Task Group on the surface. Commonality between platforms along with shared tactics, training, and procedures means that when we do this for real, we are able to quickly locate, identify, and track targets beneath the waves.”
Vice Admiral Keith Blount, Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command said:
“Exercises today seize opportunities for NATO and Allied nations to sharpen war-fighting skills by focussing on high-end capabilities. Dynamic Mongoose will ensure we remain prepared for operations in peace, crisis and conflict.”
Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, Wing Commander James Hanson said:
“Participation in Dynamic Mongoose offers the trained crews of CXX Squadron a chance to hone their skills cooperating with ships, submarines and aircraft from a number of NATO partner nations, as well as the Royal Navy. The exercise offers my crews a great opportunity to be tested against highly professional opposition in the exercise environment, and I know that the crews have relished the chance to show what they can do with our extremely capable aircraft.”