NATO exercise Dynamic Manta (DYMA20) began on Monday, 24 February off the coast of Sicily. Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 9 Allied nations are converging in the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.
The aim of Dynamic Manta is to enhance interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills to participating units, providing complex and challenging training serials.
Units from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey with submarines from France, Greece, Italy and Turkey under NATO Submarine Command are participating in 2020 edition.
Italy as the host nation, is providing support at the Catania harbour, naval helicopter base in Catania, Sigonella naval air station and Augusta naval base with logistic support including refueling operations, medical assistance and personnel accommodation.