Several NATO countries, including Canada, are currently participating in an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the North Atlantic.
“Exercise Dynamic Mongoose will ensure crews are prepared to respond to threats posed by sub-surface forces and demonstrate the Alliance stands ready to defend all Allies,” NATO said in a statement.
The exercise has taken place annually since 2012. Normally the exercise takes place off the coast of Norway, but is this year hosted by Iceland. (Iceland also hosted the 2017 and 2020 exercises.
In this year’s event, the participating nations will practice “hunting and being hunted” during the 11-day exercise, NATO said.
“High-tempo training will include dynamic scenarios to test all units’ ability to confront any threat within the subsurface domain – skills that are increasingly important as the Alliance continues to adapt to new security challenges,” the statement said.
The eleven nations participating in this year’s event are Canada, Denmark (along with the Faroe Islands), France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A news release from the government of Iceland said 15 vessels, “several submarines,” and maritime patrol aircraft were involved in the exercise.
“These exercises enable our Allies and teams to sharpen their skills as well as work on new tactics while enhancing interoperability, coordination, and teamwork,” said Commander, Submarines NATO U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Stephen Mack.
Canada’s Department of Defence did not reply to requests for comment this week on how many Canadians were participating, any Canadian equipment involved, or what expertise Canada was able to contribute to the exercise.
Dynamic Mongoose 2023 runs April 24 to May 5.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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