NATO launches anti-submarine warfare exercise in Norwegian Sea
June 21, Oslo: Norwegian Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg marked the launch of NATO's anti-submarine warfare exercise "Dynamic Mongoose" in a visit to Trondheim, Norway on Monday, 20 June 2016.
The event, which is expected to last two weeks, will allow ships under NATO command to conduct a variety of anti-submarine warfare operations.
Ten Allies are joined this year for the first time by Sweden.
Norway, as the host nation, is providing support from the Haakonsvern Naval Base and the Sola Air Basegen.
On his visit, Mr. Stoltenberg was joined by Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide and addressed sailors aboard the Norwegian frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nanse.
Three thousand sailors and aircrew from eight Allies (Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States) are participating in the exercise. Four submarines from Canada, Germany, Norway and the United States are taking part, along with nine surface ships and four maritime patrol aircraft. The exercise takes places in the Norwegian Sea, in an area measuring 14,000 square nautical miles.
During the exercise, submarines will have to transit from one point to another, while surface vessels try to track them down and simulate an attack. Surface units will also have to transit between two points while under submarine threat. This is the fourth time Exercise Dynamic Mongoose has been conducted; it previously took place in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
The Oslo Times International News Network