March 21, 2017 Operational training for NATO anti-submarine warfare “Dynamic Manta 2017” has been taking place since 13 March 2017 off the coast of Sicily. About ten naval and submarine units and about ten NATO-owned aircraft are participating in this exercise.
The French navy, which is very offensive and effective, plays a major role thanks to the numerous means employed: Montcalm’s anti- submarine warfare frigate (FASM) and its embarked Lynx from flotilla 34F , the command and control building Refueling (BCR) Marne , an Atlantic maritime patrol aircraft 2 and the nuclear submarine attack (SNA) Emerald .
France has thus put forward its expertise in the field of anti-submarine warfare. In particular, Montcalm provided a good demonstration of his abilities, serving as commander of the Task Unit (TU) 02, the command of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Commander, and conducting numerous exercises with varied scenarios Which bring together surface and submarine forces (CASEX).
During the exercise, the flights are connected continuously. French, Italian, German, Norwegian and American maritime patrol planes survey the exercise area in support of surface vessels. They are used to detect the presence of submarines, notably using acoustic buoys dropped at sea, but also to attack them if necessary with on-board torpedoes. The crews change regularly to make full use of the aircraft’s potential.
In parallel, helicopters based on shore or on board surface vessels are used. Alert, the Lynx to 34F of Montcalm may well take off in less than 15 minutes to investigate a contact with its dipping sonar using a winch.
Twice a day, CASEX takes place. High-value units (HVUs), played by tanker tankers – including BCR Marne – must be protected from the underwater threat: they simulate the evacuation of nationals in a tensed country, the transport of dangerous materials Etc … They must join “pellets”, points of imposed passages where the adversary is in ambush.
The strategies of Anti-Submarine Fighting Officers (OLASM) are complex: while playing environmental conditions (propagation of sound in water), we must anticipate the movements of submarines, understand their intentions, and try To find them to prevent them from harming, or at least to divert them from the HVU.
Upon contact with the submarine, Montcalm climbs alert: he knows that if he hears the echo of the submarine, the submarine also hears it. The danger is therefore maximum and the tension at its paroxysm: we must draw the first!
Thanks to this multinational rendezvous, the NATO navies were able to train together in this particularly delicate area of struggle. This involvement of the naval units enables them to maintain their level of operational qualification, interoperability with allies and to affirm the high level of know-how recognized in France in this field.
During Exercise DM17, FASM Montcalm is in command of the Task Unit (TU) 02 and the Anti-Submarine Warfare Commander. Its action is complemented by the presence of its Lynx embarked from flotilla 34F, the command and supply vessel (BCR) “Marne”, an Atlantic maritime patrol aircraft 2 and the nuclear attack submarine (SNA ) “Emerald”.
Operational training for NATO anti-submarine warfare “Dynamic Manta 2017” takes place from 13 March to 24 March 2017, off the coast of Sicily. About ten naval and submarine units and about ten NATO-owned aircraft are participating in this exercise.
In a stopover in Catania (Sicily), the different units jointly prepare exercise DM17. This multinational rendezvous allows NATO navies to maintain their level of operational qualification, interoperability among allies and to affirm their know-how in this field.