Story 3
Big picture thinking
EPISODE 3
Cool team player

The concept of interoperability lies at the heart of modern military operations. Behind this ungainly word sits a very human-centered idea of understanding each other, communicating and acting together.

In June 2016, the French FREMM Aquitaine, built by DCNS, participated in the NATO anti-submarine operation “Dynamic Mongoose 2016,” which was conducted in Arctic waters near Norway. There the Aquitaine worked hand-in-hand with ships from nine allied navies. See how DCNS’ design and engineering make interoperability a reality.

Dynamic Mongoose 2016

  • NATO launches anti-submarine warfare exercise (ASW), Dynamic Mongoose 2016, in Norway. 4th edition of the exercise.
  • 10 days in the Norwegian Sea in an area measuring 14,000nm2

Objectives

  • Strengthen NATO naval interoperability
  • Surface vessels track and simulate attacks on submarines traveling from one point to another.
  • Surface units travel between two transit points under simulated threat from submarines.

 © NATO HQ MARCOM

Participants

  • 8 NATO allies: Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US
  • 3,000 sailors and aircrew

 © NATO HQ MARCOM

Fleet

  • Four submarines from Canada, Germany, Norway and the US
  • Nine surface ships including French FREMM Aquitaine
  • Four maritime patrol aircraft

FREMM-class Aquitaine

  • Multi-mission anti-submarine frigate
  • Entered service in 2012
  • First in the series of eight FREMM multi-mission frigates ordered by the French Navy.

 © NATO HQ MARCOM

Proven interoperability

  • Aquitaine was one of two French FREMM frigates that participated in early 2016 in the Task Force 50 operations in the Persian-Arabian Gulf, alongside FNS Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and the American aircraft carrier, Harry S. Truman.
  • NATO-standard external communications include Link 11, Link 16, Link 22 and JSAT tactical data links
  • Secure chat sessions keep combat operations team in constant contact with all allied units
  • Certified for highest NATAO responsibilities, including Air Defense Commander within carrier battle groups.
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