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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HMCS Windsor participates in NATO anti-submarine exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE

RCN Press Release

Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor is taking part in Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2016, a 10-day NATO anti-submarine warfare exercise, June 23 to July 2 in the Norwegian Sea.

HMCS Windsor (front right) steams in formation with other participants during the NATO anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Mongoose on June 27, 2016 in the Norwegian Sea.
HMCS Windsor (front right) steams in formation with other participants during the NATO anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Mongoose on June 27, 2016 in the Norwegian Sea.
The exercise will see the participation of 3,000 sailors and aircrew from eight allied countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The focus of the exercise is on detecting and defending against submarines. During the exercise, the submarines will have to travel from one location to another while surface vessels try to track them down and simulate an attack. The surface units will also have to travel between two transit points while under the threat of submarines.

“Submarines are the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) ultimate war fighting capability and an essential component of a balanced combat-effective navy,” said Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander of the RCN. “Canada, with the largest maritime estate in the world, has interests well beyond our borders and continent, and should have tools that can declare exclusive control over a body of water at specific intervals, which is what submarine does. During this exercise, HMCS Windsor is proving once again the value of submarines and the capabilities of Canada’s Victoria Class.”

Last year, HMCS Windsor logged nearly 200 days at sea and is on track to do the same for 2016. The fact the boat has spent nearly two-thirds of its time conducting operations at sea represents the demands the RCN has for this valuable, strategic asset.