NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2020 (DYMA 20) begins today Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 9 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 Canada, Spain, Italy, Turkey, France, Greece and USA.
As host nation, Italy will provide support in Catania Harbour, the Navy Helicopter Base in Catania and Naval Air Station Sigonella, as well as logistic support (refuelling operations, medical assistance and personnel accommodation) in Augusta Naval Base.
To support the simulated multi-threat environment, a total of five Maritime Patrol Aircraft and 8 Helicopters from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States will operate from Sigonella Air Base and from the Italian Navy’s Helicopter base in Catania, under the control of personnel from NATO Maritime Air Command (COMMARAIRNATO).
These are air movements that we’ve tracked in the last last to Sigonella AB:
Royal Canadian Air Force Lockheed CP-140 “Orion” (140113)
French Navy Breguet Atlantic 2 (28)
German Navy Lockheed P-3C (60+01)
Turkish Navy ATR 72 MUA (TCB-701)