German P-3 Deploys to Dynamic Manta ASW Exercise

Submarines are masters of camouflage. They operate covertly in a sea area and pose a threat to ships and boats. The key to success in spotting and fighting submarines is often in the air.

Naval Air Base Nordholz: In the early hours of the morning, extensive preparations begin for the launch of a P-3C Orion maritime reconnaissance aircraft to Sigonella. Before departing for the United States-Base in Sicily, technicians and specialists check the Orion and prepare for departure: they load the sonar buoys and check the condition of the rescue equipment. The experts then check the entire technology of the aircraft, analyze the flight weather and evaluate the order for the next mission. The order today: relocate to the NATO exercise Dynamic Manta in the Mediterranean.

The aim of the multinational maneuver is to practice submarine hunting. The duty roster includes daily training with a naval unit, the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 , on-board helicopters and other Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), as the English term for maritime patrol aircraft is known. The two crews of the P-3C fly exercises against individually operating submarines.

A typical maneuvering scenario has one or two U-boats attempting to spot and attack the NATO formation of several frigates and naval tankers. However, the bandage is continuously protected from the air by MPAs, which typically detach every four to six hours.

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