NATO exercise Dynamic Manta has started off the coast of Italy.
Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 9 Allied nations are converging in the Central Mediterranean Sea for advance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.
According to the Alliance, Exercise Dynamic Manta is designed to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training, to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills, with due regard to safety.
“To support the simulated multi-threat environment, maritime patrol aircrafts from Canada, Germany, France, Turkey and the United States and shore-based helicopters from Italy and United Kingdom will support the exercise. Each surface ship will have the opportunity to conduct a variety of submarine warfare operations. The submarines will take turns hunting and being hunted, closely coordinating their efforts with the air and surface participants.”
Submarines from France, Greece, Italy and Turkey under NATO Submarine Command are to join surface ships from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.
“NATO’s annual anti-submarine-warfare exercise Dynamic Manta remains one of the most challenging exercises and an excellent opportunity for NATO nations’ naval forces to practice and evaluate their anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare skillset in a challenging environment” said Rear Admiral Andrew Burcher, Commander NATO Submarines.
“This exercise is a unique opportunity to enhance naval forces’ war fighting skills in all dimensions of anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare in a multinational and multi-threat environment.”
Italy as the host nation is to provide operational and logistic support to the exercise. The support includes Catania harbour facilities, naval helicopter base in Catania, naval air station in Sigonella, logistic support including refueling operations, medical assistance and personnel accommodation from Augusta naval base.