A Canadian warship and a German submarine participate in NATO's Dynamic Mongoose anti-submarine exercise in the North Sea off the coast of Norway May 4, 2015. Reuters/Balazs Koranyi

Reuters: NATO starts anti submarine exercise in North Sea as tension with Russia rise

(Reuters) - NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea on Monday, inviting non-member Sweden for the first time, amid increasing tensions between Russia and its northern neighbors.

More than a dozen vessels from 11 countries are participating in the "Dynamic Mongoose" exercise. NATO will simulate detecting and attacking submarines in one of the most hostile seas, with rugged but shallow underwater canyons, rapid currents and unusually high sound pollution from freshwater pouring in from Norway's fjords.

Tensions have run high since Russia annexed part of Ukraine last year, with the three small Baltic states, who also rely on the Nordics for defense, fearing they may be next as they are home to big Russian minorities.

WNU Editor: It appears that the Russians are doing their own exercises .... 2 Russian war ships & submarine detected near Latvian border - Armed Forces (RT)

More News On NATO Anti-Submarine And Ground Exercises Underway

NATO countries begin anti-submarine exercises in Sweden -- UPI
NATO Forces Begin Large Submarine Exercise In North Sea, While Estonia Hosts Its Biggest-Ever Ground Exercise -- IBTimes
Norway Starts NATO 'Dynamic Mongoose' Sub-Hunt Exercise -- Sputnik
NATO’s large-scale anti-submarine exercises start in Norway -- ITAR-TASS
NATO & allies stage thousands-strong drills across Europe -- RT

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