NATO exercise DYNAMIC GUARD concludes in Norway

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Navy News / March 10, 2021

By Lieutenant-Commander Mark Fifield

The Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) Task Group, led by its flagship Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Halifax, participated in the NATO Maritime Command Exercise DYNAMIC GUARD 21-1 off the coast of Norway in the High North last month. 

Designed to build and maintain proficiency in maritime electronic warfare and anti-ship missile defence, this year’s exercise followed Norway’s TG 21-1 exercise in anti-submarine warfare, which also involved SNMG1. DYNAMIC GUARD demonstrated the ability of allied forces to quickly integrate to accomplish NATO-directed missions and involved various air and surface assets including, for the first time, bomber aircraft.

SNMG1, as well as national assets from Norway, participated in the exercise along with support from the NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS). Participating surface ships included HMCS Halifax, German Navy tanker FGS Spessart and Norwegian Navy corvettes HNoMS Steil and HNoMS Storm

“Exercise DYNAMIC GUARD provided opportunities for SNMG1 to enhance or otherwise validate our training, knowledge and expertise in electronic warfare and anti-ship missile defence in a unique and challenging operational environment,” said Commodore Bradley Peats, of the Royal Canadian Navy, who is Commander of SNMG1.

“SNMG1 continues to work closely with our fellow NATO allies and partners in the region to preserve peace, prevent conflict, promote security and stability, and reinforce the rules-based international order,” he said.