FS Auvergne Joins Italian ASW Exercise

March 25, 2019 (Google Translation) – After participating in the NATO exercise “Dynamic Manta 19”, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Auvergne continued its deployment in the Ionian Sea by conducting a Franco-Italian anti-submarine warfare exercise. On 8 March 2019, the Auvergne joined off the Italian FREMM Alpino off Catania and an Italian submarine dedicated for the duration of the exercise to the search and the pursuit of the two frigates. During this operational training, the two vessels supported by their onboard Caiman helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft were able to demonstrate…

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Exercise Dynamic Manta Begins in Italy

February 27, 2019 – NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2019 (DYMA 19) began Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 10 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training. Submarines from Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), are joining nine surface ships from the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Italy, Turkey, France, and Greece. As host nation, Italy will provide support in Catania, the…

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NATO Mediterranean submarine hunt begins in earnest

Lts Tim Dunning and John Phillips enjoy the moment after a hunt for a US nuclear boat off Sicily in NATO’s biggest anti-submarine exercise in the Mediterranean, Dynamic Manta, a hunt made considerably easier for the Wildcat crew from HMS Duncan as the USS John Warner, a Virginia-class hunter-killer, was on the surface of the Ionian Sea. In fact all, the boats partaking in the war game were on the surface as the many assets mustered for a photoshoot before the business of cat-and-mouse began in earnest. Some 5,000 military…

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NATO’s advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Dynamic Manta started in Italy

March 13, 2017 – NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise Dynamic Manta 2017 (DYMA 17) began today off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 10 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, and the United States, under the control of Commander, Submarines NATO (COMSUBNATO), will join 10 surface ships from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States. Nine Maritime Patrol Aircraft and three shore based helicopters from Canada, France,…

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