Italy - NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2019 (DYMA
19) began Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft
and personnel from 10 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean
Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.
from Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, under the control of
Command (COMSUBNATO), are joining nine surface ships from the Netherlands,
Canada, Spain, Italy, Turkey, France, and Greece. As
host nation, Italy will provide support in Catania Harbour, the Navy Helicopter
Base in Catania and Naval Air Station Sigonella, as well as logistic support
(refuelling operations, medical assistance and personnel accommodation) in Augusta
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-Submarine skillset in a challenging environment,”
said Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, NATO Submarines Commander. "This exercise is a
unique opportunity to enhance naval forces’ war fighting skills in all three
dimensions of Anti-Submarine-Warfare in a multinational and multi-threat
environment. We appreciate the outstanding host nation support of the Italian
Navy that is required to make this challenging and effective exercise happen.”
support the simulated multi-threat environment, a total of six Maritime Patrol
Aircraft and 2 Helicopters from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey,
United Kingdom and the United States will operate from Sigonella Air Base and
from the Italian Navy’s Helicopter base in Catania, under the control of
personnel from NATO Maritime Air Command (COMMARAIRNATO).
aim of this exercise is to provide all participants with complex and
challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency
in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills.
DYNAMIC MANTA-19 will be supported by an In-Stride Debriefing Team (IDT) who
will produce an analysis of the trainings from submitted highlights signals.
The team will analyse anti-submarine warfare events real time and will provide
debriefs to ships, submarines and aircrews. It allows crew to accelerate their
process, make adjustments, improve the performance and boost the anti-submarine
warfare readiness. IDT team is composed of ASW experts and will perform
its mission from Sigonella Air Base.
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.
Story by NATO's Allied Maritime Command Public Affairs Office