Dynamic Mongoose: Navy Joins NATO Exercise

The two-week exercise saw the largest British involvement in years with more than 500 military personnel taking part.

The Royal Navy has been taking part in a NATO anti-submarine exercise.

Held during two weeks, Dynamic Mongoose tests the collective abilities of personnel to hunt down underwater threats off the coast of Iceland.

This year saw the largest British involvement for several years, including two frigates (HMS Kent and HMS Westminster), each with a Merlin anti-submarine helicopter from 814 Naval Air Squadron, and a hunter-killer submarine HMS Trenchant.

This included the involvement of more than 500 military personnel and, in a first for the UK, the new P-8 Poseidon aircraft.

Dynamic Mongoose gave participants the chance to practice against live 'targets' (Picture: Royal Navy).

HMS Kent, which is set to accompany HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of her carrier strike group, got the chance to practice against different live ‘targets’ including both nuclear powered boats and traditional diesel subs.

Lieutenant Georgina Harding, Operations Officer on HMS Kent, praised the value of the training for future deployments.

"Dynamic Mongoose was an excellent opportunity for Kent to operate with allied nations, exercising with a range of live submarine and air assets," she said.

"The period also allowed us to develop our task group integration and operating principles – further preparation for deployment with HMS Queen Elizabeth during next year's Carrier Strike Group 21."

Cover image: One of the submarines during the exercise (Picture: Royal Navy).