Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare training in Italy

NATO exercise Dynamic Manta (DYMA21) began on Monday, 22 February 2021 off the Sicilian coast. Ships, submarines, as well as aircraft and personnel from eight Allied nations are converging in the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.

“The strength of NATO military forces is found in our command, control and communication structures, which can best be practiced during live exercises such as Dynamic Manta 2021. Developing and maintaining highly trained, ready forces that integrate seamlessly is the bedrock of our collective deterrence and defence. This live exercise will also further demonstrate that COVID-19 hasn’t changed NATO’s resilience and readiness. I appreciate the outstanding support of the Italian Navy and the force contributing nations to help achieve this objective in a collective way,” said Vice Admiral Keith Blount, Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command.

Submarines from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States under NATO Submarine Command are joining surface ships from France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

This year, French Carrier Strike Group Charles De Gaulle will also join the training along with five surface units from France, Belgium, Greece and the United States.

As the host nation, Italy is providing support in the Catania harbour, naval helicopter base in Catania, naval air station in Sigonella, as well as logistic support (refueling operations, medical assistance and personnel accommodation) from Augusta naval base.

Developing and maintaining highly trained, ready forces that integrate seamlessly is the bedrock of our collective deterrence and defence

To support the simulated multi-threat environment, maritime patrol aircrafts from France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United States support the exercise.

The aim of Dynamic Manta is to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills, with due regard to safety.

Each surface ship will have the opportunity to conduct a variety of submarine warfare operations. The submarines will take turns hunting and being hunted, closely coordinating their efforts with the air and surface participants.

“NATO’s annual anti-submarine-warfare exercise Dynamic Manta remains one of the most challenging exercises and an excellent opportunity for NATO nations’ naval forces to practice, evaluate, and refine their anti-submarine skillset in a demanding environment. With a constantly evolving threat posture, this exercise is a chance to enhance our naval forces’ war fighting skills in all three dimensions of anti-submarine warfare in a multinational and multi-threat environment,” said Rear Admiral E. Andrew Burcher, Commander Submarines NATO.

“Dynamic Manta is one of the two major Anti-submarine warfare exercises led every year by NATO Maritime Command. SNMG2, as a NATO Standing Force, usually participates in this type of exercises, focused not only on training and keeping the high readiness of the Force but also on enhancing cohesion and interoperability between force contributing nations, showing NATO presence and assuring Allies of the maritime commitment to collective defence,” said Rear Admiral Manuel Aguirre Alderguia, Commander of SNMG2.

Eight NATO Allies are participating: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States; with five surface ships (FRA, GRC, ITA, SPA, TUR); five submarines (GRC, ITA, TUR, USA); five maritime patrol aircrafts (FRA, GER, GRE, ITA, USA); and an aircraft carrier from France and its support ships from FRA, BEL, GRE and USA.


from NATO website. Read the full article here: Allied Maritime Command – NATO advanced anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta underway in Italy

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13 Allies and one NATO partner expand munitions cooperation amid significant success

Thirteen Allies and one partner nation have on 19 February committed to creating a multinational solution for addressing all of their air munition needs.

The Defence Ministers of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and partner nation Finland, signed an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Air-to-Ground Precision Guided Munitions (A2G-PGM) High Visibility Project, expanding it into a more comprehensive Air Battle Decisive Munitions (ABDM) framework.

This expansion will leverage the success of the first and second acquisition cycles of the A2G-PGM project. Through these, participants achieved cost savings of around 15 to 20 percent, and accelerated the delivery of munitions by up to one year. It is expected that similar positive results will be achieved for a broader range of air munition types. The amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the margins of the virtual Defence Ministerial Meeting.

Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană congratulated the participants by highlighting their incremental approach: “The participating Nations have quickly proved the concept, validated its potential, and are now taking this winning formula to the next level. This is innovation. And this is how NATO is becoming more agile every day.”

from NATO website. Read the full article here: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news.htm

NATO Secretary General sets out ambitious transatlantic agenda at Munich Security Conference

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for a strong NATO at the heart of a new transatlantic agenda. Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Munich Security Conference on Friday (19 February), Mr. Stoltenberg said, “we now have an historic opportunity to build a stronger Alliance, to regain trust and reinforce our unity – Europe and North America working together in NATO in strategic solidarity.”

In view of global challenges such as the rise of China, cyber attacks, disruptive technologies, climate change, Russia’s destabilising behaviour and the threat of terrorism, Mr. Stoltenberg underlined that “no country – and no continent – can go it alone. On the contrary, we must do more together.”

The NATO Secretary General set out the ambitious NATO 2030 agenda for the future of Alliance. He stressed that working together in NATO, Europe and North America “must reinforce our unity, broaden our approach to security, and defend the international rules-based order.”

from NATO website. Read the full article here: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news.htm

NATO Secretary General and North Atlantic Council visit Exercise Trident Juncture in Norway

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the 29 ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council are in Trondheim, Norway today (30 October 2018) to visit Exercise Trident Juncture – NATO’s largest exercise since the end of the Cold War. The drills bring together over 50,000 personnel from all 29 Allies, as well as partners Finland and Sweden.

from NATO website. Read the full article here: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news.htm

Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits NATO’s Commands in Italy

From 23 to 24 August 2018, Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Lieutenant General Steven Shepro was in Italy where he visited the NATO Joint Forces Command in Naples, the NATO Strategic Direction South Hub and the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force in at the Sigonella Air Base.

from NATO website. Read the full article here: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news.htm

Ms Coilero Preca designated ESIA’s Diplomatic Council Member

On October 14, 2017, the highest leaders of ESIA, together with few Senior Officers, attended a very important event on the island of Malta, and to the delivery of a nomination on behalf of ESIA to the President of the Republic of Malta.

ESIA Commanders, Mr Orazio Mezzetti, Chief of Staff, and Mr Pietro Passariello, Chief Executive Department, pose after the ceremony.

In the presence of Chief Executive Department Mr Pietro Passariello, the Chief of Staff Mr Orazio Mezzetti and of the highest leaders of the organisation, the first solemn oath of the flag was made by some Senior Officers. The ceremony, coordinated by the ESIA referent in Malta, Mr. Philip M. Chircop, also saw the participation of some prominent personalities in the Maltese political landscape, such as the On. Antony Agius Decelius, Secretary of the Parliament and of the Ministry of Family and Social Solidarity, and the Mayor of Santa Venera Dr. Stephen Sultana, as well as the President of the Republic of Malta, Ms Maria Louise Coleiro Preca, who has been awarded a Diploma of Designation of “Diplomatic Council Member” of ESIA – Malta as a corollary to the ceremony .

The event, organised with and thanks to the valid support of NGO Fondazzjoni Nanniet Malta, saw, alongside the official program, the participation in the solemn Mass at the Church of St Joseph, the performance of the musical band of the Scouts of Santa Venera, and the musical performance of local artists and young activists, to cheer the evening. The President of Fondazzjoni, Mr. Philip M. Chircop, also received the task of facilitating and planning future workshops on the island.

ESIA, acronym of  European Service & Intelligence Agency, is an Intelligence Agency to support NATO activities. Its mission is to provide support to Governments and Institutions, both military and civilians, to contribute to the stabilisation of territories in which is present, giving top priority to security in every sector it’s responsible for, from the military to the socio-humanitarian field, included cyber security and multimedia.

he posing group. From left, front row: Chief of Staff, Gen. CA is Orazio Mezzetti – Chief Executive Department, Pietro Passariello – Major Dorota Swiderska (Field Assistant of General Angelina Grimaldi, Commander of Female Departments) – MajorGennaro Mitilini, (Internal Affairs Advisor). Second row: Major Ignore Vincenzo Castaldo (Field Assistant of General Commander) – Major Igs Alfredo Sellitti, (Assistant of Field of the Chef of Staff) – Major Felice D’Angelo – Major Igs Biagio Nunziata (Internal Affairs Advisor).