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NEMO trials underway off the UK coast

4th November 2019 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Participants from 13 NATO countries are taking part in Naval Electro Magnetic Operations (NEMO) trials off the south coast of the UK.

The six-day trial provides an opportunity for NATO partners to test how they can defend themselves against anti-ship cruise and hypersonic missiles using state-of-the-art electronic defences.

During the drill, participants will seek to jam enemy missiles or divert them away from their targets using electronic defences. NEMO 19 will also see the use of infrared and radar measurements to reduce the susceptibility of ships to enemy radars and missiles. Tactical data exchanges between participating ships as well as voice procedures if data links are jammed or tampered with will also be put to the test.

As complex anti-ship missile systems proliferate around the globe, NEMO 19 is an important part of developing effective deterrence and defence postures, in order to ensure continued freedom of movement at sea.

Participating nations including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US are deploying ships, aircraft, measurement equipment and around 1500 personnel for the exercise, which will conclude on 5 November.

Oana Lungescu, NATO spokesperson, said: ‘NEMO 19 shows how Allies are working together to protect NATO forces from the threat of cruise and hypersonic missiles. This is NATO’s largest maritime electronic warfare exercise and a great example of how Allies are developing new defensive technology to meet emerging security challenges.’

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