Russia Concerned by US; A Massive Anti-Submarine Exercise; UNICEF Alarmed by Child Deaths in Syria
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 09 in last 12 hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russia concerned by US pulling neutral European states into NATO drills
Russia is hoping that the United States engaging neutral European countries in NATO military exercises, playing out a scenario of an attack on a NATO member, will not lead to further destabilization, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told an informal gathering of the OSCE’s heads of diplomatic agencies on Tuesday, TASS reported.
“We are carefully watching the boosting of the OSCE’s coordination with NATO, including the Americans drawing neutral states in drills, which are scripted to train the evoking of the fifth article of the Washington Treaty,” he said. “I believe that this is not a very positive development. I hope it will not lead to further destabilization.”
Lavrov urged the European partners to realize that “it is in their best interests to ensure maximum transparency of these processes [of boosting of the OSCE’s coordination with NATO], primarily on the OSCE forum.”
In accordance with Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, an attack on a state, signatory to the Treaty, is considered as an act of aggression against all the NATO members.
NATO begins massive anti-submarine exercise
DYMON 2019 is designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) integration among NATO navies by executing challenging training exercises with 6 surface ships, 9 maritime patrol aircraft and 8 helicopters training with 4 Allied submarines in the North Atlantic, UKDJ reported.
“Exercises like Dynamic Mongoose give NATO Allies an opportunity to train in a very challenging deep water/continental slope environment and a surface environment where seas can build from five feet to 25 or even 30 feet in the matter of a couple days,” said Chief Operations Specialist Juan Gutierrez, SNGM 1 Staff Chief of Operations, in a news release.
“This is not only unique for the creation of the exercise but challenging for the navies due to the unpredictable circumstances.”
Finding the submarine requires the ships and aircraft to work together in a coordinated search to ensure the submarine doesn’t slip through.
Ships have both active and passive sonar, as well as radar and visual sensors to detect submarines.
Helicopters are also equipped with radar and visual detection systems and may be equipped with active and passive sonobuoys or use a sonar suspended under the helicopter and into the water to detect a submarine.
Countries participating in DYMON 2019 are Canada, France, Germany, UK, Norway, Portugal, US, Turkey, and Denmark.
Syria’s war: UNICEF alarmed by child deaths in gov’t offensive
The United Nations is concerned about the growing number of children being killed in the war on rebel-held areas of Syria, AlJazeera reported.
Idlib and Hama provinces are being bombarded for a third month by Syrian government forces, backed by Russian warplanes.
Human rights groups say at least 500 civilians have been killed, including children.
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Source: Reuters, UKDJ, AlJazeera