5 submarines from Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Greece with 4 surface units from France (x2), Spain and Italy during a PHOTEX in vicinity of Sicily - 22 FEB 2016 - Photo by WO ARTIGUES (HQ MARCOM). Ionian Sea, Italy - NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16).
“Sicilian Maritime Command (MARISICILIA) will support the exercise assets during their operational port visit in Augusta and Catania harbours, in order to provide them logistic support, in details for refuelling operations, medical assistance and personnel accommodation” said Sicily Maritime Commander Rear Admiral (LH) Nicola De Felice (Italian Navy).
Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA-16 will be supported by an In-Stride Debriefing Team (IDT) who will produce an analysis of the training's 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.
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.
“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-Submarine skillset in a challenging environment.” said Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio, Chief Of Staff NATO Allied Maritime Command. “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”
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