Nato has commenced its submarine warfare exercise, Dynamic Manta 2016 (DYMA 16), off the Sicilian coast involving ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from eight allied nations.
Conducted on the Central Mediterranean Sea, the exercise aims to offer participants complex and challenging warfare training to boost their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW) skills.
The exercise will witness participation of submarines from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US, under the command of Nato Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), as well as four surface ships from France, Italy and Spain.
The host nation Italy's Sicilian Maritime Command (MARISICILIA) will offer support from the Augusta Naval Base, Catania Harbour and the Sigonella Air Base in Catania.
Sicily Maritime commander rear admiral (LH) Nicola De Felice said: "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."
The exercise features a simulated warfare scenario, wherein the submarines will engage in a mock drill to hunt enemy vessels.
In addition, nine maritime patrol aircraft, and helicopters from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US will be deployed to support the simulated multi-threat scenario during the exercise from Sigonella Air Base under the control of personnel from Nato Maritime Air Command (COMMARAIRNATO).
The exercise will include an in-stride debriefing team (IDT), which will monitor the ASW events and will offer a debrief to ships, submarines and aircrews, enabling them to enhance their operational capability.
Nato Allied Maritime Command chief of staff rear admiral Giorgio Lazio said: "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."
Image: Nato's submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta 2016 commences. Photo: courtesy of MARCOM.