Dynamic Manta: Hunting Subs in the Med

NATO’s annual anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Mediterranean brings together air, surface and sub-surface assets in a complex maritime environment. Jim Winchester reports from Dynamic Manta ’20.

For 12 days between February and March warships, submarines, antisubmarine warfare aircraft and helicopters from ten nations were ‘battling it out’ in the Ionian Sea near Sicily. They were taking part in Exercise Dynamic Manta, one of two major annual NATO ASW exercises (the other being Dynamic Mongoose, scheduled for June-July in the North Sea).

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