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Sep 17 2021

NATO Exercise Dynamic Mariner and Joint Warrior Begins in the Atlantic

NORTHWOOD, United Kingdom – 12 NATO Allies are participating in the NATO exercise Dynamic Mariner-21/Joint Warrior 21-2 off the coast of United Kingdom.

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 18 and 30 September 2021.

The exercise brings together 20 surface ships, 2 submarines, 7 maritime patrol aircraft and other air assets, as well as personnel from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.

DYMR21 is led by the NATO Maritime Command in coordination with Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff of Royal Navy.

The exercise also involves Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1), two of NATO's Standing Forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance's collective defence on a permanent basis.

Enhancing operational readiness is essential to our ability to deter and defend. NATO Exercise Dynamic Mariner-21 and U.K. Exercise Joint Warrior 21-2 demonstrate Allied interoperability and responsiveness of air and maritime assets
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"Enhancing operational readiness is essential to our ability to deter and defend. NATO Exercise Dynamic Mariner-21 and U.K. Exercise Joint Warrior 21-2 demonstrate Allied interoperability and responsiveness of air and maritime assets," said U.S. Air Force Major General Phillip A. Stewart, Deputy Chief of Staff Strategic Employment, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. "This cooperation precipitates a well-trained capability, greater than the sum of its parts."

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.

All our missions have robust procedures in place to protect our people and prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.

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.

Story by Public Affairs Office at MARCOM

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