NATO Conducting Major Submarine Exercise in the Mediterranean

NATO Exercise Dynamic Mongosse, Sept. 14, 2015NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2015 (DYMA 15) began friday off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 9 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.

Submarines from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 5 surface ships from France, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the United States under the command of Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG-2) Rear Admiral Jörg Klein (German Navy). Host nation Italy is providing support from both the Augusta Naval Base and the Sigonella Air Base in Catania.

“DYNAMIC MANTA 15 is one of the most challenging exercises dedicated to training in the anti-submarine warfare area. It is especially valuable for the ships of SNMG-2” said Rear Admiral Jörg Klein (German Navy), Commander of SNMG2. “Intensivereal world scenarios can be executed, providing unique training opportunities for the participants. DYNAMIC MANTA offers exceptional conditions to enhance the war fighting skills of all participating units in a multinational operations environment.”

To support the simulated multi-threat environment, 7 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Helicopters from Canada, France, Italy, Turkey and the United States will operate from Sigonella Air Base under the control of personnel from NATO Maritime Air Command (COMMARAIRNATO).

The 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, with due regard to safety. During the exercise, an analysis team of ASW experts (In-stride Debrief Team) will be located in Sigonella Air Base. 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.

Each surface ship under the tactical command of SNMG2 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.

“This is an excellent opportunity for NATO maritime forces to practice and evaluate their Anti-Submarine skillset in a challenging environment. The large number of participating units in this year’s exercise is a clear demonstration to NATO’s commitment to the maritime domain and Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities.” said Commander Submarines NATO, Rear Admiral Matthew A. Zirkle (U.S. Navy). “We appreciate the outstanding host nation support of the Italian Navy that was required to make this challenging and effective exercise happen.”

Image: NATO Exercise Dynamic Mongosse, Sept. 14, 2015 (photo: NATO Maritime Command)