Maritime defence underpins the security and prosperity of all NATO nations. Exercise Dynamic Mongoose is an annual NATO-led exercise to test and improve Alliance assurance measures in anti-submarine warfare. The waters of the High North provide their own challenges giving the exercise an added layer of complexity. Through the simulated multi-threat environment, Allies enhanced their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills.
NATO provides continuous deterrence and defence through the readiness and flexibility of its forces across all domains.
"NATO provides continuous deterrence and defence through the readiness and flexibility of its forces across all domains. Dynamic Mongoose exercised a variety of Alliance maritime and air capabilities to ensure that our forces remain prepared for any contingency, including in the North Atlantic and the High North," said General Tim Radford, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
As one of NATO's primary assurance measures, maritime security, training and operations are designed to reinforce Allies collective defence, reassure their populations and deter potential aggression.
German submarine U 36 participates in Dynamic Mongoose 2020.
Submarines from France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, under NATO Submarine Command, joined surface ships from Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. As the host nation, Iceland provided logistical support in Reykjavik.
Five maritime patrol aircrafts from France, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States augmented the simulated multi-threat environment.
Surface ships conducted a variety of submarine warfare operations whilst the submarines alternated hunting and being hunted, coordinating their efforts with the air and surface participants.
United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) participates in Dynamic Mongoose 2020.
Dynamic Mongoose will ensure we remain prepared for operations in peace, crisis and conflict
"Exercises today seize opportunities for NATO and Allied nations to sharpen war-fighting skills by focusing on high-end capabilities including anti-submarine warfare. Dynamic Mongoose will ensure we remain prepared for operations in peace, crisis and conflict," said Vice Admiral Keith Blount, Commander of NATO's Allied Maritime Command at the start of the exercise.
NATO executes a variety of training and exercises to provide credible deterrence and defence for the Euro-Atlantic Alliance. These assurance measures are guaranteed through building interoperability among Allies via NATO's rigorous training regimen and Allies national training events.