Operation "Dynamic Mongoose" - a NATO led military naval exercise on the North Sea, has commenced as a relevant training mission for allies to bolster the security of NATO members and of free nations in northern, eastern and central Europe.
"Dynamic Mongoose" - an 11-nation naval exercise, will test submarine attack and defense scenarios on the North Sea using new sensory-detection technology as an added defense for Europe against any potential aggression from Russia. For the first time, Nordic country Sweden, is taking part in the exercise, which comes amid an increase in Russian military snooping from the Nordic and Baltic states to the coast of Great Britain.
Only last week, Finland detected an unidentified submarine along its coast, Reuters reported, which it responded to by firing depth charges at the vessel. A similar incident occurred last year. Last month, Latvia - a NATO member, reported Reuters, detected a Russian submarine near its waters. Russian aircraft have repeatedly violated Baltic and Nordic air spaces in recent months.
Recognizing the hive of Russian activity along their borders, air spaces and seas, and having knowledge of Russian actions in Crimea last year and ongoing Russian meddling in Ukraine, Nordic states last month deemed Russia a security threat.
"The Russians have increased their activity a lot and so have we," said German U-33 submarine Commander Kai Nickelsdorf, who is taking part in the exercise.
Yet, noting that Russia had a right to the seas as has any other nation, "Dynamic Mongoose" Commander Rear Admiral Brad Williamson, cautioned: "But the incidents we have seen are not in line with international regulations...and that's been the cause of concern." Reuters reported.
Therefore, "Dynamic Mongoose", which could last 14-days, should serve as a defense booster to NATO members and to the free nations of Europe while also acting as a deterrent to any further Russian aggression.