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NATO Submarine Escape and Rescue Exercise to Start Sept 8

NORTHWOOD, United Kingdom -- Dynamic Monarch 2017, the 10th in a series of NATO sponsored live Submarine Escape and Rescue (SMER) exercises kicks off 08 September and runs through Sept. 22, 2017 in Turkey.

Exercise is hosted by Turkey and will take place in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, off Aksaz Turkey.

Participants from Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States will participate in the submarine escape and rescue training scenarios. Additionally, representatives from Bangladesh, Chile, Israel and Sweden will observe the exercise.

This year, three submarines, four submarine rescue ships, five surface ships, four aircraft, three diving teams, three medical teams and one submarine parachute assistance group will demonstrate multinational submarine rescue cooperation and interoperability. The exercise enables worldwide partners to share SMER related knowledge.

The sea phase will run 10 days and consist of numerous rescue and intervention exercises utilising rescue vehicles and chambers, Remote Operated Vehicles, Atmospheric Diving Suits and divers.

The training also features a 48-hour coordinated mass evacuation exercise (MASSEVEX) in which two major air transportable rescue vehicles, a U.S. Submarine Rescue Chambers Flyaway System and a tri-nation NATO Submarine Rescue System, will continuously provide evacuation efforts for personnel in a distressed submarine.

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