NATO: Dynamic Manta 2022 exercise kicks off

(To Greater Defense)
21/02/22

From February 21st to March 4th, off the Sicilian coast, the Dynamic Manta 2022 (DYMA 22) one of the most important and complex NATO anti-submarine exercises.

La Dynamic Manta is an exercise planned and conducted annually by NATO's Allied Maritime Command (NATO allied maritime command - MARCOM), which takes place in the central Mediterranean, along the eastern coasts of Sicily, mainly aimed at training and conducting anti-submarine defense operations (Anti Submarine Warfare - ASW).

This year, four submarines from France, Greece, Italy, and the United States, under the control of the NATO Submarine Command (NATO submarine command - COMSUBNATO), will train alongside eleven surface ships from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States. Eight Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and eight helicopters, under NATO control, will also participate. maritime air command (MARAIRNATO). All under the command of Rear Admiral Mauro Panebianco, commander of NATO's second permanent naval group (Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 - SNMG 2).

The Navy will take part in the exercise with the frigate Margottini, Which is also flagship of SNMG2, the frigate Carabiniere, the submarine Salvatore Todaro and the helicopters of the 3rd base helicopter group in the Catania helicopter station (Maristaeli Catania).

In addition, Italy ensures the logistical support of the naval base of Augusta and of the air base of the Air Force of Sigonella in Catania.

La Dynamic Manta is one of NATO's major exercises aimed at ensuring constant interoperability between air, surface and underwater forces in anti-submarine combat. Through the presence of training scenarios with increasing difficulty, ranging from low to high complexity, the exercise allows for the establishment of coordination of operations between armed forces belonging to different countries and operating in a multi-threat context. It also allows NATO the ability to evaluate and develop new anti-submarine tactics.

Already named Dog Fish, the exercise, in its current capacity, has been planned annually since 2013 and is not linked to the current situation in Eastern Europe.

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