Noble Manta 06, as it slips underneath the radar, is the largest “anti-submarine
warfare (ASW) exercise” in the world, I’m presuming, ever. This time
around the crews have “traditional submarine roles and missions will be
exercised in support of defence against terrorism.” What does this tell
us about the near future of warfare?
[Posted By Szamko]
Republished from NATO
Vessels from 8 nations involved with specific
Naples, Ten NATO nations will provide eight submarines, fifteen
maritime patrol aircraft/land-based anti-submarine helicopters and eight surface
ships to take part in NOBLE MANTA 06, the world’s largest anti-submarine
warfare (ASW) exercise from 17 February to 01 March 2006.
The exercise will take place in the Ionian Sea to the Southeast of Sicily.
Forces are provided by Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain,
Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Eight submarines are scheduled to join the exercise; one each from France,
Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and United State of America, and two from Turkey.
Each submarine will have the opportunity of being a hunter as well as the prey.
Surface ships from NATO’s standing naval force will take part, as well
as a French Frigate and an Italian Patrol Boat.
The exercise will demonstrate NATO’s determination to maintain proficiency
in coordinated anti-submarine, anti-surface, and coastal surveillance operations
using a multi-national force of ships, submarines and aircraft. Additionally
this year traditional submarine roles and missions will be exercised in support
of defence against terrorism.
Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain,
the United Kingdom and the United States of America will operate from Sigonella,
Sicily. Italian shore-based ASW helicopters from Fontanarossa, Sicily will also
participate. Over 80 air missions are planned, and on average this will result
in a crew briefing every four 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
Noble Manta 06 is conducted under the supervision of the scheduling Headquarters,
Allied Maritime Component Command Naples.