Wave Knight Keeps Warships in Submarine Hunt

July 12, 2019 – Tanker RFA Wave Knight has been keeping frigates and destroyers in the hunt during NATO’s second major anti-submarine exercise of the year.

The two-week hunt in the Arctic – Exercise Dynamic Mongoose – sees a NATO task group, plus additional British and Norwegian ships and helicopters, searching for diesel and nuclear submarines off the coast of the Nordland and Troms districts.

The war game mirrors one NATO runs in Sicily each year – but poses participants with different environmental challenges above and below the waves (sea temperatures, salt levels and water depth all impact on the effectiveness of sonar searching for submarines lurking in the Norwegian Sea).

One constant factor in the Mediterranean or high North, however, is the need for fuel, food, and fresh water to sustain a time-consuming hunt spread over a sizeable patch of ocean.