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Exercise Dynamic Monarch concludes

To find a distressed submarine, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) were used as well as ship- and helicopter- based sonar. – photo: NATO MARCOM ©

It was reported by NATO from Marmaris Naval Base in Turkey on 22 September that the NATO-led submarine Exercise Dynamic Monarch was concluded that day following two weeks of multi-national training and practice in Submarine Escape and Rescue (SMER) procedures. Centred around the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO), an organization created in the wake of the Kursk tragedy as an international hub for information and coordination on submarine rescue, this exercise had been designed to demonstrate multi-national submarine rescue cooperation and interoperability as well as to share SMER-related knowledge amongst worldwide partners.

Nine NATO Allies participated in the exercise this year with equipment or personnel being provided by Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, observers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom took part in various portions of the exercise.