Eight countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have been talking part in a major naval exercise cold-named "Ocean Safari" in the North Atlantic.
Eight countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have been talking part in a major naval exercise cold-named "Ocean Safari" in the North Atlantic. Soviet and Polish ships have been closely following the exercise.
SYNOPSIS: Convoys like this one, carrying troops and equipment, are considered vital to NATO's ability to withstand and defeat an attack on Western Europe. Though some supplies can be carried by air, the ???ulk have to travel by sea, and yo??? a prime target for submarines.
Consequently, this exercise concentrated on helicopter anti-submarine tactics. Submarines are detected with hydrophones and Sea King helicopters fly overhead and mark their position with flares.
The result was a high level of Soviet air activity as plane like this Soviet "Bear" aircraft attempted to get a closer view.
Warsaw Pact naval surveillance was also in evidence. This Polish ship was seen filming manoeuvres during operation "Ocean Safari". Reports have also come in of Kresta-class missile cruisers and Krivak-class missile destroyers shadowing the NATO fleet.
The aim of the exercise was to simulate the movement of vital military supplies and reinforcements across the Atlantic in the event of combined aircraft, submarine and warship attack.
???, two hundred aircraft and seventeen thousand men took part in Ocean safari".
This massive deployment of equipment and manpower follows the announcement in August that the Soviet Union is building a new "battle-cruiser" warship -- the Sovietsky Soyuz. NATO officials are reported to be worried both by the capacity of the battle-cruiser and also by the Soviet warship and submarine capacity which is believed to outnumber NATO by about three to two. The purpose of "Ocean Safari" was to practise utilisation of NATO resources to the full and to give NATO forces a taste of action -- even if it was only an exercise.