The scale of Dynamic Manta was a clear demonstration of NATO’s commitment to the maritime time domain

US Rear Admiral Matthew Zirkle

Ranged against her and boats from the US, Spanish, Turkish, Greek, French and Italian navies were NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2, led by the German frigate FGS Hamburg.

After a couple of days in Catania, Sicily, to discuss the exercise, the warships and submarines put to sea for the active phase, while the aircraft lifted off from Sigonella Air Base in Sicily.

Throughout Dynamic Manta, the air station, just outside Catania, has also been home to an international team of anti-submarine warfare experts who followed the progress of the daily ‘battles’ in real time – then provided feedback and advice to all participants.

US Rear Admiral Matthew Zirkle, directing the submarine side of the exercise, said the scale of Dynamic Manta was “a clear demonstration of NATO’s commitment to the maritime time domain – and anti-submarine warfare”.

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