More On Proud Manta 2013

I have found a long video from the Media Day of the Proud Manta 2013 via SatSicilia.

I must tell you that I have found the submarine just behind the admirals, in the first part of the video especially admirable.

Proud Manta News Conference 2013

Proud Manta 2013 Has Started

S3XX_3One again the time of the year has come when dozens of ships, submarines,planes and robots meet and play hide and seek two weeks long.

Yes, NATO’s largest anti submarine warfare exercise Proud Manta 13 (POMA 13) has started. It will end on 8th March 2013.

According to NATO the aim of the exercise is to enhance the operational proficiency and interoperability of the participating forces across a broad spectrum of potential tasks, roles and missions of the NATO Response Force (NRF). The exercise also provides a challenging operational environment to test new doctrine, tactics; and equipment.

When I started to search through the internet to find more information about the exercise and the participants I was shocked from the lack of information. NATO used to prepare webpages dedicated to this large exercise. This year there is surprisingly sparse information available on various NATO Command Centers’ webpages.

Was NATO staying loyal to the motto silent service and hiding about its submarine exercise? No. The restructuring of the military structure created a no-mans zone in PR so neither the outgoing Allied Maritime Command Naples nor the incoming Allied Maritime Command in Northwood prepared anything about POMA 13.

Thank God there are people who know about this NATO exercise more than NATO shares: The Russians. On a Russian web forum where radio enthusiast meet I was able to find more information about POMA 13 than on official webpages of various NATO Commands. Thank you Comrades!

Here is the list of participants according to Russians:

Surface Ships
A-607 FS Meuse Replenishment Tanker France
D-643 FS Jean De Vienne Destroyer France
F-210 FGS Emden Frigate Germany
F-221 FGS Hessen Frigate Germany
F-260 FGS Braunschweig Corvette Germany
A-1442 FGS Speessart Tender Germany
F-263 FGS Oldenburg Corvette Germany
A-5366 ITS Levanzo Tender Italy
D-560 ITS De La Penne Destroyer Italy
A-1456 Alliance Research Ship NATO
DGG-52 USS Barry Destroyer USA
S-356 TCG Anafartalar Type 209 /1400 Turkey
S-119 NS Pontos Type 209/1200 Greece
S-527 ITS Sciré Type 212A Italy
S-71 SPS Galerna Agosta S70 Spain

The following air assets will take part in the exercise too: 2 CP-140 Aurora from Canada, 2 Atlantic Mk2 from France, 1 Atlantic from Italy, 1 P-3C Orion from Germany, 1 P-3C Orion from Norway, 2 P-3C Orion from USA, 2 EH-101 Merlin from Italy an 3 EH-101 Merlin from UK.

Proud Manta 2012

It is once again time for the NATO’s biggest anti submarine warfare (ASW) exercise Proud Manta.

From 14-26 February 2012, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. will provide 5 submarines, 15 aircraft and 12 surface ships take part in  this exercise. The exercise will take place in the Ionian Sea to the southeast of Sicily.

The NATO’s own research ship A-1456 Alliance will participate to the exercise as well as ASW planes from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and USA. The UK will only provide 2 EH-101 ASW helicopters.

The exercise will demonstrate NATO’s determination to maintain proficiency and improve interoperability in coordinated anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, coastal surveillance and other maritime operations using a multi-national force of ships, submarines and aircraft.  Furthermore it will aim to provide operational training in potential NRF tasks/roles and missions as well as exercising the procedures for current or future operations. The units will also be exercised in defence against terrorism operations.

Order of Battle for Proud Manta 12 is:

Surface Ships
FFG-339 HMCS Charlottetown Frigate Canada
D-643 FS Jean De Vienne Destroyer France
F-209 FGS Rheinland-Pflaz Frigate Germany
A-1443 FGS Rhön Replenishment Tanker Germany
D-561 ITS Francesco Mimbelli Destroyer Italy
F-576 ITS Espero Frigate Italy
A-5352 ITS Lipari Tender Italy
A-5366 ITS Levanzo Tender Italy
F-804 HNLMS De Ruyter Frigate Netherlands
CG-72 USS Vella  Gulf Cruiser USA
DGG-68 USS The Sullivans Destroyer USA
FGG-45 USS De Wert Frigate USA
S-605 FS Améthyste Rubis/Améthyste cl. France
S-111 NS Nirefs Type 209/1100 Mod. Greece
S-527 ITS Sciré Type 212A Italy
S-71 SPS Galerna Agosta S70 Spain
S-357 TCG Gür Type 209 /1400 Turkey

Click for previous years Proud Manta Exercise News.

>NATO Is Preparing For Proud Manta 2011


The biggest NATO anti submarine warfareexercise Proud Manta (previously known as  NOBLE MANTA) will be conducted in the Ionian Sea to theSoutheast of Sicily between 4 – 17 February 2011.

Ten NATO nations, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, will provide 6submarines, 19 aircraft (including ship based helos) and 8 surface ships.

According to NATO the aim of theexercise is to enhance the operational proficiency andinteroperability of the participating forces across a broad spectrumof potential tasks, roles and missions of the NATO Response Force(NRF). The exercise also provides a challenging operationalenvironment to test new doctrine, tactics; and equipment.Participants will practice the tactics and techniques currently beingused in ongoing NATO operations such as Active Endeavour and Ocean Shield as well as other war fighting skills to maintain the high levelof readiness expected of NATO forces.

Order of Battle for Proud Manta 11 is:

Surface Ships
F-930 BNS Leopold 1 Frigate Belgium
D-641 FS Dupleix Destroyer France
F-214 FGC Lübeck Frigate Germany
D-554 ITS Caio Duilio Destroyer Italy
A-5326 ITS Etna Replenishment Tanker Italy
F-575 ITS Euro Frigate Italy
A-5366 ITS Levanzo Tender Italy
DGG-55 USS Stout Destroyer USA

S-113 HS Proteus Type 209 / 1100 Greece
S-73 SPS Mistral Agosta Spain
S-524 ITS Longobardo Imp. Sauro Italy
S-354 TCG Sakarya Type 209 / 1400 Turkey
S-349 TCG Batıray Type 209 / 1200 Turkey
SSN-691 USS Memphis Los Angeles USA

>Noble Manta 2010 Has Ended

>Every good thing must come to an end. So did NATO’s biggest ASW exercise Noble Manta 2010 ended on 24th February 2010 Wednesday.

Noble Manta 10 has allowed practicing – with excellent results – potential missions to be conducted as part of the NATO Response Force, to include conducting multi-dimensional ASW in a simulated emerging crisis, when the submarine threat must be managed without immediate use of force.” Vice Admiral Maurizio Gemignani, Commander Allied Maritime Component Command Naples said.

According to NATO’s official statement, differently from previous editions, during the last cycle of Noble Manta 10 surface units returned to port so as to create a ‘quiet’ environment in which submarines and aircraft were left alone in coping with a submarine threat, as it may happen in a precursor operation, when military ships are not present yet. Another ‘first’ was the enhanced ‘free play’ period during which commanders where able to take individual decisions on how to conduct the assigned mission.

NATO’s final statement is here, and here are photos from the participants.

>Noble Manta 2010 Has Started

>NATO’s largest annual Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise Noble Manta 2010 has started today. It will continue till 24 February.

Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States will task seven submarines, 18 aircraft (including ship-based helicopters) and eight surface ships.  
Seven submarines, one each from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain, and two from Turkey are scheduled to join the exercise. Each submarine will have the opportunity of being a hunter as well as the prey. NATO surface ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, plus an Italian frigate, an Italian auxiliary and a French frigate will also take part.

Turkish Navy wil take part with Type 209/1200 class submarine TCG Dolunay and Type 209/1400 class submarine TCG 18 Mart and G (Perry) class frigate TCG Göksu. She is the Turkish contrubution to SNMG-2.

A personal note: I am delighted to see that NATO put a link to my webpage from Noble Manta 2010 home page. Now I can boast that I am official recognized by NATO ;-)

>Noble Manta 2009 ended

>Today the biggest NATO ASW exercise Noble Manta ended. The final press relase for the exercise can be read here.

Commander Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South;Rear Admiral Leidig stated:

“Noble Manta confirmed this year to be a vital tool to maintain and improve allied interoperability in all the aspects of modern warfare that involve the use of submarines or the defence against them. The exercise has seen the submarines – working with and against naval and air forces – conducting their full range of potential missions, from enforcement of maritime embargoes to surveillance operations like those they routinely conduct also in support of the fight against terrorism.”

This statement of Admiral Leidig shows that the submarines has become more than just a tool to sink ships stealthly. Enforcment of maritime embargoes for example was a surface force job. The importance of surveillance operations are getting higher at submarine force every day. For many naives the subs are ideal tools for secret observations, and data gathering.

Leidig also added, “The participation of Air Independent Propulsion submarines has been an important ‘first’ for this exercise series, as it has provided an opportunity to employ in a multinational environment the greater underwater endurance of conventionally powered submarines of the latest generation.”

The emphasis is mine. I wonder that leassons are learnt by the use of AIP submarines and how these leasson are reflected to the daily operations of submarines.

>Noble Manta 2009 continues

>NATO’s largest annual anti-submarine warfare exercise, Noble Manta 2009 is taking place in the Ionian Sea to the Southeast of Sicily. The exercise started on 13 February and will and on 27 February 2009.

Eight NATO nations are providing 6 submarines, 9 surface ships and 13 aircraft to take part in the exercise.

Turkish Navy participates with 2 submarines Ay class S-351 TCG Doğanay and Gür class S-360 TCG I. İnönü and 1 frigate, Gabya class F-495 TCG Gediz. TCG 1.İnönü is the latest submarine of Turkish Navy. She has been commissioned on 22 July 2007.

There is a significant error on the official NATO photo page. This is not the photo of TCG 1.İnönü as stated but of TCG Doğanay. Is NATO so uninformed about its assests?

TCG Anafartalar In Durres Albania


TCG Anafartalar, in Durres Albania

The Turkish submarine in the Ionian Sea, TCG Anafartalar made a four-day visit to Durrës, Albania, after she has participated to the NATO ASW exercise, Noble Manta 2013. It is not common for submarines to make port visits.

From the news bulletin of Durrës Port Authority dates 14 March 2013:

This morning in the port of Durres has arrived Turkish submarine “TCG Anafartalar.” Official sources Naval Forces Command, announced that Turkish Navy military ship will conduct a 4-day port visit, scheduled for 2013 our member countries of NATO. During their stay in our country staff submariner “TCG Anafartalar s-356” will conduct visits to some of the major cities of the country, as well as historical and archaeological center. Meanwhile provided with cultural and sports activities between local sailors and friends from Turkey – our Command naval sources said. This is the third submarine of the Turkish Naval Fleet to visit the port of Durres in a period of three years. Submarine “TCG Anafartalar” will leave the port of Durrës on 17 March.

As far as I know TCG Dolunay was in Durrës in 2010. I would appreciate any information about other Turkish submarines in Duress in 2011 and 2012.

A Submarine Sighted

On 22 February 2012, in the early morning hours, one Turkish Type 209 / 1400 class submarine sailed through Bosphorus to Marmara Sea. Since Turkish Navy stooped painting the pennant number of the submarines on their hulls, it is impossible to identify each individual submarine anymore. While this new painting scheme helps the submarines to blend and prevents IR/FLIR/LLTV using trackers or electro-optic directors any high contrast target, it makes ship spotting difficult. All I can say is that this is not S-357 TCG Gür, as she is taking part in Proud Manta 2012.

With 6 Type 209/1200 and 8 Type 209/1400 class submarines in service, Turkey has the largest conventional submarine fleet in the NATO.


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