NATO looks to guard against A2/AD tactics, practises ASW

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    NATO looks to guard against A2/AD tactics, practises ASW

    Swedish A 19 (Gotland-class) submarine HSWMS Halland is overflown by a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) as part of the multinational 'BALTOPS' 2016 exercise. Source: US Navy

    By Brooks Tigner, Brussels - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
    09 June 2016

    Guarding the Baltic and Black Sea areas and other international waters against anti-access/area (A2/AD) denial is a growing strategic imperative for NATO, says Vice Admiral James G Foggo, commander of the US Sixth Fleet and NATO's Naval Striking and Support Forces (STRIKFORNATO).

    "There is a proliferation of weapons of asymmetric warfare [by Russia using] submarines, mines, anti-ship cruise missiles, and very sophisticated and accurate coastal radars," he said, adding that A2/AD tactics have been observed in the Black and Baltic Seas "and, more recently, in the eastern Mediterranean".

    Foggo briefed reporters by teleconference on 8 June from his post on board the USSMount Whitney , where he is leading NATO's multinational 'BALTOPS' maritime exercise, during 5-19 June.

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