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Feb 17 2022

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 Participates in Arctic Dolphin 2022

NORTH SEA – Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) participated in Norwegian maritime exercise Arctic Dolphin 2022 in the North Sea from Feb. 7-18.  

The exercise was designed to facilitate the Submarine Commander Course (SMCC), which tests, assesses, and qualifies potential new submarine commanding officers.

Submarines and surface units from Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands joined SNMG1 for the exercise to strengthen interoperability between the Allied nations in the anti-submarine warfare domain.

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Training with four submarines in one exercise is a great opportunity, so we made optimum use of it," said van de Sande. "I sincerely thank the Royal Norwegian Navy for hosting and supporting Arctic Dolphin 22. This training is exceptionally valuable and takes place in wonderful, but challenging surroundings.
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The challenging inshore and coastal conditions off the Norwegian West Coast provide excellent training opportunities for participants. Surface units performed a wide range of special manoeuvers for SMCC assessors. The most difficult part for the SNMG1 bridge teams was handling their own ship while simultaneously directing movements of up to three other SNMG1 ships. Submarine commander candidates had to anticipate and act upon the surface ships' maneuvers, while surface units focused on anti-submarine warfare.

Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362) trained lookouts, officers of the watch, and operations room personnel to detect and recognize submarines.

"It is really nice to practice with actual submarines instead of a simulated exercise," HDMS Peter Willemoes Bridge Watchkeeping Officer Oliver said. "With the sonar teams in the operations room and lookouts on the bridge, we're building the picture together."

According to Commander, SNMG1, Commodore A. van de Sande, Exercise Arctic Dolphin 22 provided valuable anti-submarine warfare training in an international setting that helped prepare NATO Allies for future operations.

"Training with four submarines in one exercise is a great opportunity, so we made optimum use of it," said van de Sande. "I sincerely thank the Royal Norwegian Navy for hosting and supporting Arctic Dolphin 22. This training is exceptionally valuable and takes place in wonderful, but challenging surroundings."

Story by SNMG1 Public Affairs

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