The U.S. Navy will be joined by navies from Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, NATO, Norway, and the United Kingdom for the Dynamic Mongoose 2020 exercise in the northern Atlantic over the next two weeks, the Navy announced in a statement.
The NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) exercise will take place from June 29 until July 10.
The destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) and submarine USS Indiana (SSN-789) will participate, as well as two P-8A Poseidon aircraft based in Italy.
“Dynamic Mongoose allows Roosevelt to utilize its advanced sonar capabilities in a dynamic, high-intensity anti-submarine warfare environment, while operating with our NATO allies and partners to improve readiness and interoperability,” said Cmdr. Ryan Kendall, commanding officer of Roosevelt, in the statement. “My team and I look forward to demonstrating the strength of our NATO alliance, working together to hone our warfighting skills at sea.”
The purpose of the exercise is to provide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) training opportunities. It is also an opportunity to build relationships with navies from allied countries.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this exercise will take place exclusively at sea.
MAIN PHOTO: NORWEGIAN SEA (July 6, 2019) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Nolan Peterson from the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) fires a shot line to the British wave-class tanker RFA Wave Knight (A389) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea during Dynamic Mongoose 2019. Gravely is underway on a regularly-scheduled deployment as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 to conduct maritime operations and provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO in the northern Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)