NATO exercise Dynamic Mongoose started in the High North on 29 June 2020. Ships, submarines, as well as aircraft and personnel from 6 Allied nations converged off the coast of Iceland for Anti-Submarine warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface warfare training.
HMS Kent and her sister ship HMS Westminster met with the USS Roosevelt, USS Indiana, HNOMS Otto Sverdrop, HNOMS Utsira, HMCS Frederiction, FGS U36, and FS Casabianca Rouge off the Icelandic coast.
Submarines from France, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States under NATO Submarine Command joined surface ships from Canada, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States. As the host nation, Iceland is providing logistical support in Reykjavik.
To enhance the simulated multi-threat environment, maritime patrol aircrafts from France, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States supported the exercise.
In total, 5 surface ships, 5 submarines, 5 maritime patrol aircrafts were participating.
The aim of Dynamic Mongoose is to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in Anti-Submarine and Anti-Surface warfare skills, with due regard to safety.
Each surface ship will have the opportunity to conduct a variety of submarine warfare operations.
The submarines will take turns hunting and being hunted, closely coordinating their efforts with the air and surface participants.
Due to COVID-19 threat, measures taken by both Icelandic authorities and the force contributing nations will be strictly followed by all sides during the port visits and training.