HMS Duncan is one of the high-value targets submarines will be after during Dynamic Manta 18, NATO’s annual Mediterranean Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise.
814 and 829 Naval Air Squadrons and a pair of Merlin helicopters have been tasked to protect the warship.
HMS Daring is primarily an anti-air platform and as such, has limited ability to hunt submarines.
As well as anti-submarine warfare, a Royal Navy press release says there will also be surface attacks for the nine participating surface ships – from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, and USA – to fend off.
“As anti-submarine-warfare includes all three dimensions, special attention needs to be placed upon the air – it’s important for aircrews from various NATO nations’ to come and train together in this truly challenging environment,” explained Greece’s Commodore Andreas Vettos, overseeing the aerial element of the exercise.
“Our sailors study and work hard to develop their undersea abilities. Dynamic Manta will give our airborne, surface, and submarine teams a valuable chance to test themselves during complex scenarios,” said Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, the American in charge of NATO’s submarine forces – and the man in charge of the exercise.
“The long list of ships, submarines, and aircraft participating clearly shows NATO’s commitment to maritime training.”