Seven Allies Participating in NATO Exercise Dynamic Mariner 20 Off French Coast

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Seven NATO Allies are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the NATO exer­cise Dynamic Mariner-20 (DYMR20) off the coast of France, NATO Maritime Command said in a state­ment.

Exercise Dynamic Mariner tests NATO’s Response Force Maritime Component (NRF/M) and inter­op­er­abil­i­ty with NATO forces, enhanc­ing flex­i­bil­i­ty and improv­ing the abil­i­ty to work togeth­er among Allied nations. It runs between 28 September and 8 October 2020.

The exer­cise brings togeth­er 31 sur­face ships, 1 sub­ma­rine, 3 mar­itime patrol air­craft and other air assets as well as per­son­nel, from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.

DYMR20 is led by the NATO Maritime Command and involves Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2), two of NATO’s Standing Forces on active duty that con­tribute to the Alliance’s col­lec­tive defence on a per­ma­nent basis.

NATO’s mar­itime strength lies in the abil­i­ty of the Standing Forces and National Response Force ele­ments to rapid­ly join with high readi­ness, high capa­bil­i­ty nation­al forces and task groups. Regular train­ing between these groups is a force mul­ti­pli­er and pro­vides a col­lec­tive­ly trained and inter­op­er­a­ble capa­bil­i­ty that NATO can con­fi­dent­ly deploy if nec­es­sary.

The NATO Response Force (NRF) is a highly ready and tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced, multi­na­tion­al force made up of land, air, mar­itime and Special Operations Forces (SOF) com­po­nents that the Alliance can deploy quick­ly, wher­ev­er needed.

Despite the chal­lenges posed by COVID19 pan­dem­ic, NATO’s resilience enables us to sus­tain our mis­sions, oper­a­tions and exer­cis­es in order to ensure safety and secu­ri­ty of our Allied Nations.

Some exer­cise ele­ments such as in-person inter­ac­tions have been scaled down due to the ongo­ing global pan­dem­ic. All our mis­sions have robust pro­ce­dures in place to pro­tect our people and pre­vent the spread of COVID-19 virus. Because of these enhanced mea­sures, we have not seen active trans­mis­sion within any of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces. All our forces are able to con­tin­ue con­duct­ing mis­sions in a manner that takes pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures, while still ensur­ing readi­ness. Our forces remain pre­pared, vig­i­lant, and ready to act if called upon.

Collective defence remains the Alliance’s great­est respon­si­bil­i­ty and deter­rence is a core ele­ment of NATO’s over­all strat­e­gy – pre­vent­ing con­flict and war, pro­tect­ing Allies, main­tain­ing free­dom of deci­sion and action, and uphold­ing the prin­ci­ples and values it stands for.

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