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Also this year we were on board the naval units and on the ASW plane to follow the annual exercise of the “Atlantic Alliance” forces, where the participants will perfect their skills and test the tactics against the underwater threat on a live stage. As always, the DYMA also represents an important “test” for the armed forces of each participating nation.
The exercise “Dynamic Manta 2019” (DYMA19) began on February 26, which, together with the “Dynamic Mongoose” conducted in the North Sea, represents an excellent training opportunity for the armed forces of the participating nations: units of surface and submarines, aircraft and personnel of ten allied nations gathered in the central Ionian Sea to train together with ASW and ASUW.
Since the end of World War II, the potentially enemy submarines that cross in the areas of NATO influence have always been a challenge to which the Atlantic Alliance has always been committed to the fight, carrying out preventive activities aimed at reducing or eliminating this threat.
Unfortunately, it has been established that the tactical and technical preparation required to perform coordinated ASW activities, both aerial and surface, is, so to speak, “perishable” if it is not subjected to constant training. On the basis of these maintenance needs of “operational availability”, DYMA was born, with the aim of offering the possibility of practicing in a simulated and common real scenario, determined by the constant interoperability between the surface, submarine and aerial forces; In addition, training scenarios with increasing difficulty, ranging from low complexity to high complexity, allow the coordination of procedures and operations between armed forces belonging to different countries and operating in a context of multiple threats.
The peculiarity of the Dynamic Blanket also consists of the “live” evaluation of each ASW operation, carried out by an “In-Stride Debriefing Team” (IDT) made up of experts from ASW in a special command of Sigonella AB, capable of processing and produce in real time a detailed analysis of the operation of each individual unit allows each crew to make changes or fine-tune ASW tactics adapting them to the real complex and changing context … In addition, each unit, both on surface and underwater, will have the opportunity to perform a series of operations with the possibility of being in turn “hunter or prey”. All this gives the DYMA a very important value in the context of annual multinational exercises for the duplication of training topics.
With DYMA19 , the forces deployed in support of multiple threat training scenarios include approximately 3,000 military, surface and submarine. Units, as well as assets of fixed and rotating maritime patrol aircraft from Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Great Britain, Holland and the United States . Italy, the host country of the exercise, provides logistical support to the air force forces with the naval base of Augusta, the port of Catania and the air base of the Italian air force of Sigonella.
For Italy, the FREMM class “Alpine”, the 212 Participate the submarine “Sciré” of class and also the HH-101 and SH-90A of the Italian Naval Navy of the 3rd and 5th Helicopter Squadron. The Allied Maritime Command (AMCNATO), the NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), the NATO Maritime Air Command (MARAIRNATO) also participate in the exercise under the command of the Maritime Group 2 of NATO (SNMG2).
The United States participates with the P-8A Poseidon, Turkey with an SH-60 and a P-235, the Netherlands with an NH-90, Canada with a CH-148 Cyclone and a CP-140 Aurora, Spain with a SH -60 and a P-3M Orion, France with an Atlantique 2 and Germany with a P-3C Orion. Some of these helicopters are shipped in their naval units.
Source: ES Aviation Report