Ireland isn’t a member of NATO but – thanks to the wonders of the internet – that doesn’t bar us from having a good gawk at some of their operations.
These images were posted on NATO’s very own social media and are a fascinating look at the multi-national force in training during Operation Dynamic Monarch which took place off the Turkish Coast last week.
The submarine search, escape and rescue exercise Dynamic Monarch took place off the coast of Marmaris, Turkey.
Spanish Submarine Tramontana
Turkish Minehunter M265 Alanya dropping mine-hunting drones
The aim of the exercise was to multi-national submarine rescue co-operation and to share related knowledge amongst NATO partners.
The exercise included approximately 1,000 personnel and there was a lot of vessels taking part.
Those vessels were: a command and control ship, three submarines four submarine rescue ships, four Turkish patrol boats, four Turkish aircraft, diving teams from Canada, Italy, Poland and Turkey, medical teams from Canada, Turkey and France, Norway and the UK, a Submarine Parachute Assistance Group from Turkey and significant support from host nation Turkey in administration, accommodation, contracting, logistics, transportation and personnel.
Turkey’s Submarine Rescue Suit
Italy’s Submarine Rescue vehicle – 300. Being launched by ITS Anteo.
Inside Italy’s Submarine Rescue vehicle – 300
Airdrop Rescue from Turkey’s Submarine Parachute Assistance Group
(Credit:All images sourced from @NATOMaritimeCommand)