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NATO's Dynamic Guard exercise concludes in waters near Cartagena

Mediterranean Sea
October 26, 2020

·        The exercise was led by the Spanish Rear Admiral Manuel Aguirre, current Commander of the Standing Naval Group two

The exercise “Dynamic Guard 20-II” (DYGD20-II), organized by the NATO Maritime Command and led by the Commander of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), Rear Admiral Manuel Aguirre Aldereguía, ended this Friday the 23rd after five days of training in waters near Cartagena, Murcia.

In addition to the two units assigned to SNMG2 -the frigate "Álvaro de Bazán" and the replenishment ship (BAC in Spanish) "Patiño"-, the frigates "Méndez Núñez" and "Victoria" and the light transport ship “Contramaestre Casado”, where NATO electronic warfare personnel and equipment were shipped.

The participating naval units docked in Cartagena on October 17 to hold the final preparatory meeting for the exercise on the 18th. On Monday the 19th they set off to start an intense training which lasted five days.

Exercise DYGD20-II has provided a unique opportunity for SNMG2 and other allied naval units to train in the use of radars and communications equipment in an electromagnetic setting designed to make their use difficult. The participants also had the opportunity to train in antisubmarine warfare thanks to the collaboration of the submarine "Tramontana".

This practice reinforces the capabilities of SNMG2 to carry out its essential task as a member of the Very High Readiness Maritime Forces of the Atlantic Alliance so it can take part in any type of crisis scenario.