Naval forces from Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, NATO, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States are participating in the NATO Allied Maritime Command-led (MARCOM) exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2020 in the northern Atlantic Ocean, June 29-July 10, 2020. Participating units from the United States include Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789), and two P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft assigned to patrol squadrons 47 and 16 based out of Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy.
The live exercise is designed to provide intermediate and advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training opportunities at the unit and task group level, sharpening the ASW and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW) skills of participants. Dynamic Mongoose 2020 also serves to build interoperability and strengthen the enduring relationships among participating allied forces.
“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. “My team and I look forward to demonstrating the strength of our NATO alliance, working together to hone our warfighting skills at sea.”
To ensure the safety and health of participating military personnel, Dynamic Mongoose 2020 will take place exclusively at sea. This precaution allows NATO to enhance multinational operational cooperation, while ensuring that crews remain healthy and ready to provide continuous regional security. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.