NATO's largest annual Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise Proud Manta 11 begins

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    NATO Force in the Mediterranean for Exercise PROUD MANTA 11

    28 january 2011

    NAPLES, Italy - From 04-17 February 2011, ten NATO nations will provide 6 submarines, 19 aircraft (including ship based helos) and 8 surface ships to take part in Proud Manta 11, NATO’s largest annual Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise.

    The exercise will take place in the Ionian Sea to the Southeast of Sicily. Forces are provided by Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    Six submarines from Greece (1), Italy (1), Spain (1), Turkey (2) and the United States of America (1) are scheduled to join the exercise. Each submarine will have the opportunity of being a hunter as well as the hunted. NATO surface ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (with an Italian flagship and a German frigate), a Belgian frigate, a French destroyer, an Italian destroyer, and frigate, an Italian auxiliary ship, and a US destroyer will participate in the exercise. The exercise will demonstrate NATO’s determination to maintain proficiency and improve interoperability in coordinated anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and coastal surveillance operations using a multi-national force of ships, submarines and aircraft. Furthermore it will aim to provide operational training in potential NATO Response Force (NRF) tasks, roles and missions as well as exercising the procedures for current or future operations. The units will also be exercised in defence against terrorism operations.

    Maritime Patrol Aircraft and ASW Helicopters will operate from Air Bases in Sicily, and are contributed by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and The United States. Over 100 air missions are planned, and on average this will result in a crew briefing every three hours, day and night, throughout the exercise. The exercise will be controlled from the co-located multi-national Headquarters of the Commander Submarines Allied Naval Forces and the Commander Maritime Air Naples located in Naples, Italy.

    This edition of the PROUD MANTA series follows on from the previous NOBLE MANTA series. It constitutes NATO’s main opportunity to train possible NRF forces in ASW operations. While the overall aims remain constant, every year focus is put on specific aspects of ASW. This year PROUD MANTA will concentrate on coordinated ASW and NRF related tasks and missions.

    The MANTA Series also provides a unique opportunity and operational environment for experimentation with new technology and tactics. Operational experimentation helps to determine how these new tools should be or could be used in actual operations and to assess the actual impact on or improvement of warfighting capability, both key parts of the transition from the laboratory to the fleet. This year’s MANTA will include, for the first time, maritime gliders (low cost autonomous undersea vehicles) in support of experimentation related to operational employment of autonomous vehicles as part of a larger operation. Also tested will be the use of these vehicles to collect in-situ three-dimensional environmental data to support improved ASW planning and decision-making tools.


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    NATO Force in the Mediterranean for Exercise PROUD MANTA 11

    From 04-17 February 2011, ten NATO nations will provide 6 submarines, 19 aircraft (including ship based helos) and 8 surface ships to take part in Proud Manta 11, NATO’s largest annual Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise. The exercise will take place in the Ionian Sea to the Southeast of Sicily. Forces are provided by Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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    Left to right: FS DUPLEX, ITS EURO, ITS ETNA, FGS LUEBECK, ITS DUILIO. At rear USS STOUT.
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    FS DUPLEIX helicopter lands on ITS ETNA fly deck for pax transfer during replenishment at Sea with USS STOUT
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