Effective submarine hunting rarely happens alone. Multiple frigates working together with planes and helicopters, give the best range and endurance. A plane can drop a sonar buoy from the air, and listen to the signals far out of range of a submarine, and a helicopter will “dip” it's sonar from a wire hanging underneath the helicopter.
- “We back each other up. A plane can cover huge areas in short amounts of time, and surface ships have the endurance to stay put for weeks”.
Exercise Dynamic Mongoose, where we are now, is an opportunity to train all this synchronised in a realistic scenario. It is one of the biggest anti-submarine warfare exercises NATO has, with five surface vessels, five submarines and five maritime patrol aircrafts.
- “Anti-submarine warfare has really increased in the last 5-6 years, with a lot of focus and commitment to the field. It's also very important for Norway, with large maritime areas”.
The Norwegian Nansen-class frigate Gus works at is especially designed for submarine hunting. It’s very quiet, with competent crew and advanced sonars.