NATO tries to stop the fictional "wave of Russian submarines" in the Atlantic

From June 29 to July 10, 2020, the combined NATO navies conducted the Dynamic Mongoose exercise in the North Atlantic for the eighth time. Five ships, the same number of submarines and patrol aircraft from Germany, France, Canada, Norway, the United States and Great Britain tried to stop the fictional "wave of Russian submarines", writes the Business Insider portal.

BI notes that the conduct of such exercises by the Alliance is conditioned by "great power competition" with Moscow and Beijing. The Russian and Chinese submarine fleets are becoming more and more effective, so they began to pay close attention to the fight against the submarines of a potential enemy, allocating more time and resources for this. Iceland was the host.

Surface ships took turns hunting for submarines, and also evaded their pursuit and attacks. Submarines actively used the depths, bottom topography, water temperature and salinity, hiding from ships or preparing for an attack. French and American planes flew from Iceland, and British planes from Scotland. Deck helicopters were also used.

The commanders of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) Ryan Kendall and the Virginia-class nuclear submarine USS Indiana (SSN-789) David Grogan rave about the maneuvers. They were amazed at the interaction achieved.

The most important goal of these exercises is the fight against submarines. In fact, we are talking about the search for Russian submarines leaving their bases on the Kola Peninsula.

- explained Brian Clarke, senior researcher at the Hudson Institute.

The expert recalled that during the Cold War, the Faro-Icelandic border played the role of a bottleneck through which Soviet submarines tried to break through. If they broke through, then communications between North America and Europe were threatened. This situation has not changed to this day in relation to the Russian nuclear submarine.

Clarke, unlike the military, was not enthusiastic about the exercise. He drew attention to imbalances and problems. In his opinion, the participation of five NATO submarines was not enough.

The expert emphasized that in October 2019, Russia sent 10 of its nuclear submarines to the North Atlantic at the same time. These submarines were very difficult to track, because NATO does not yet have enough forces and means to counter.
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  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 2 August 2020 13: 02
    It's time to go to the southern directions of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean from new bases - cooperation with the PRC allows this ... Exchange of capabilities for both fleets, the ability to use strategic naval bases in points, Chinese in the northern hemisphere, Russian in the southern hemisphere, and everything will become an order of magnitude more effective ... To attract the Iranian Navy to cooperation, then the problems with the withdrawals of the Navy will simplify, the position will strengthen ...
  2. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 2 August 2020 13: 59
    Despite the fact that quite numerous and extremely developed PLO forces of the United States and other NATO countries, almost continuously, monitor Russian submarines already from the moment they left their home harbor (they even follow them at training underwater training grounds in the waterways), these alleged "fears of an uncontrolled exit into the ocean of Russian atomarines" or allegedlyblack holes(Russian diving diesel-electric submarines) in the depths of the okiyana sea "look like a crafty attempt at deception (in snobbish reckoning on the very" innocence "and naive self-complacency of their Russian" partners "?!) ?! winked
    Very reminiscent of the English folk tale about the cunning fox, who, being caught stealing chickens, hyper-persistently "was afraid of the worst thing that could happen to him" and tearfully asked people: "Do whatever you want with me, at least kill, but just not throw me into the thorn bush! ".....
    1. Magog Offline Magog
      Magog (Gog Magog) 2 August 2020 20: 20
      It seems that NATO-ts are pretending in their supposed difficulties in tracking submarines. The game is the same on both sides: give more money to solve the problem. With ours: we have such quiet and invulnerable boats that the adversary will be terribly uncomfortable in the maritime theater of operations - we will solve all the tasks of the fleet with submarine forces.
  3. Magog Offline Magog
    Magog (Gog Magog) 2 August 2020 20: 06
    At the beginning of the XNUMXs, I had a casual conversation with a former Soviet Navy pilot who served on a helicopter-carrying cruiser during the Gorbachev era. If anyone remembers, then the first (and only) joint naval exercises from NATO and the Soviet Union took place. One of the tasks was simple: to detect and identify the simulated enemy submarine. At first the NATO-ts were looking for our submarine. Many hours passed and there was no result. In the words of the narrator: "I had to play along" ... "When it was our turn to find their boat, we barely had time to warm up the helicopter engines, and then a command was sent to take off with an indication of the square for dropping the water buoy" ...