The Spanish Navy's Mistral (S-73) submarine and Santa María (F-81) frigate have set sail towards Sicily, Italy, to join Nato's anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise, Dynamic Manta 16, in the Ionian Sea.
Scheduled to be held from 19 February to 4 March, the exercise will witness the participation of maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), submarines and surface ships, as well as helicopters from multiple nations such as Italy, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Greece, Turkey and Spain.
The Spanish Navy's assets will be operated under the command of Commander, Submarine Forces and Nato (COMSUBNATO).
The Dynamic Manta exercise aims to assess Nato's ASW operational readiness by subjecting the participants to a complex and challenging warfare training to boost their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills.
The exercise will feature a simulated warfare scenario wherein the submarines will engage in a mock drill to hunt enemy vessels.
Spain's Mistral (S-73) is a diesel-powered vessel designed to provide a surface speed of 12k and a submerged speed of 10.5k and the Santa Maria-class frigate F-81, modelled on American Oliver Hazard Perry class design was commissioned into service in October 1986.
Last year, Nato naval forces participated in a series of exercises such as the Combat Enhancement Training and Force Integration phase of Exercise Trident Juncture and Dynamic Manta 15, as well as Dynamic Mongoose in Norway.
Image: Exercise Dynamic Manta will be conducted from 19 February to 4 March. Photo: courtesy of Armada Española.