In the sea area between Norway and Iceland: After two intensive weeks at sea, the NATO exercise Dynamic Mongoose came to an end. Long-distance maritime reconnaissance aircraft, frigates and submarines practiced the entire spectrum of operations against threats to sea routes from submarines.
Germany also participated with a submarine and a P-3C Orion maritime reconnaissance aircraft operated by the Nordholz naval aviation.
The flagship of the participating NATO naval association Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is currently the frigate “Mecklenburg-Vorpommern”. At the final press conference in Reykjavík, the head of the association, Rear Admiral Thorsten Marx, drew a positive conclusion: “We completed complex and challenging naval warfare training. The exercise was a success. The maritime Very High Readiness Joint Task Group has demonstrated its anti-submarine capabilities while increasing interoperability and operational readiness.”
Dynamic Mongoose is a realistic live NATO naval anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The exercise area of 200,000 square nautical miles was strategically located in the North Atlantic. Water depths of up to 4,000 meters, rough seas with strong winds and the different salinity in the individual water layers make this sea area a special challenge for underwater sea warfare.
NATO conducts two major anti-submarine warfare exercises annually: Dynamic Mongoose in the North Atlantic and Dynamic Manta in the Mediterranean. These exercises are conducted by NATO Naval Headquarters MARCOM Allied Maritime Command based in Northwood, UK , to ensure NATO and its partners are prepared for submarine threats.