NATO exercise Dynamic Manta (DYMA20) is wrapping up off the Sicilian coast.

Ships, submarines, as well as aircraft and personnel from 9 Allied nations converged in the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.

Submarines from France, Greece, Italy and Turkey under NATO Submarine Command joined surface ships from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

The aim of Dynamic Manta was 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.

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Quick Facts

· Dynamic Manta ran between February 24 and March 6, 2020.

· Nine NATO Allies participated – Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

· 8 Surface ships, 5 Submarines, 5 Maritime patrol aircrafts participated in the exercise.

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.

Submarines from France, Greece, Italy and Turkey under NATO Submarine Command joined 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.”

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Whilst we are on about subs, this is a story from the other-side of the world: Japan Inducts First Lithium-Powered Soryu Submarine The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) inducted its first Li-ion battery powered Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine in Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture on March 5, 2020. This is the 11th Soryu-class boat to be commissioned by the JMSDF. This class of submarines are Japan’s first to be fitted with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems that enable them to remain fully submerged for longer periods of time. These submarines are said to be the world’s largest conventionally powered boats. They are… Read more »

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