MA 22-2 is a large, live exercise conducted by the Italian Navy in concert with Allied and EU partners in the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas throughout October.
The aim of MA 22-2 is to train and test commands, staffs and crews to strengthen and enhance the planning and conduct of activities at sea in a realistic, multi-dimensional scenario, specifically a NATO Article 5 Operation. The exercise included serialized and free-play events, during which planners granted commanders maximum freedom of decision at sea. While SNMG2’s participation in the exercise has concluded, the Italian Navy is scheduled to continue MA 22-2 until Oct. 27.
In this exercise we enhanced our cohesiveness and war fighting readiness as Allies, while breaking down barriers to integration
SNMG2 conducted live-fire gunnery exercises, air-defence activities, anti-submarine warfare events, and various surface ship-maneuvering events during the exercise.
“This is one of the more dynamic and robust exercises we’ve done to date and that’s a credit to the Italian Navy,” said SNMG2 Commander U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Sciretta. “In this exercise we enhanced our cohesiveness and war fighting readiness as Allies, while breaking down barriers to integration. During a very robust, multi-domain warfare exercise where we played the role of an opposing force, we overcame these barriers and improved our shared understanding of command and control and execution of joint tactics, techniques and procedures. I couldn’t be more impressed with the Italian Navy and the leadership of Italian Rear Admiral Vincenzo Montanaro, the Task Force commander who led the exercise. As a result of our participation, we increased our interoperability, honed our war fighting skills and sailed away a stronger NATO maritime force.”
SNMG2 entered port in Civitavecchia with U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), Spanish Navy guided-missile frigate ESPS Cristobal Colon (F 105) and German Navy tanker FGS Spessart (A1442).