>NATO Is Preparing For Proud Manta 2011

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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

Submarines
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
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>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?

The Participants In Mavi Vatan Exercise (Part 2)

An update to the major units taking part in the exercise Mavi Vatan:

Legend: Green means confirmed participant. Red means confirmed nonparticipant.

Small landing craft and auxiliaries taking part in the exercise are not included in the list. For further information regarding the exercise click here.

Additional information:

Frigates: TCG Gökçeada is deployed with the SNMG-2 and TCG Geliblou is in Gulf Of Aden with CTF-151. One frigate is escorting the Barbaros Hayrettin seismic ship in the Mediterranean. This means all frigates of the Turkish Navy are deployed.

Corvettes: Two corvettes are also escorting the Barbaros Hayrettin seismic ship in the Mediterranean.  This leaves 8 corvettes available for this exercise. Only one will miss it out.

Minehunters: TCG Akçakoca is deployed with SNMCMG-2. From the available ten strong force, 7 will take part.

Submarines: As their nature, they are the most difficult units to identify. TCG Gür is in Italy to join the NATO exercise Dynamic Manta. Two more are deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean according to Turkish General Staff. 7 out of 9 available submarines are taking part.

Amphibious ships: According to pre-exercise briefing 22 amphibious ships are participating in this exercise. Most of them are smaller LCT and LCM sized landing craft.

Fast attack craft: Turkish Navy has 19 missile-armed fast attack craft. 16 of them are taking part in this exercise.

The Participants In Mavi Vatan Exercise

Regular readers of this blog will know, that I like to name the units that are taking part in an exercise. It is not easy to identify the participating units to the Mavi Vatan naval exercise. First, there are 103 units taking part in this drill. I would be able to get to name them all. Second, most of the attention of the media is focused on larger units like frigates and corvettes. The smaller landing craft and the auxiliaries taking part will not be covered.

Never the less I am trying to find the larger units participating in this exercise. Here is the list:

Legend: Green means confirmed participant. Red means confirmed nonparticipant.

Frigates: TCG Gökçeada is deployed with the SNMG-2 and TCG Geliblou is in Gulf Of Aden with CTF-151. One frigate is escorting the Barbaros Hayrettin seismic ship in the Mediterranean. This means all frigates of the Turkish Navy are deployed.

Corvettes: Two corvettes are also escorting the Barbaros Hayrettin seismic ship in the Mediterranean.  This leaves 8 corvettes available for this exercise. Only one will miss it out.

Minehunters: TCG Akçakoca is deployed with SNMCMG-2. From the available ten strong force, 7 will take part.

Submarines: As their nature, they are the most difficult units to identify. TCG Gür is in Italy to join the NATO exercise Dynamic Manta. Two more are deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean according to Turkish General Staff. 7 out of 9 available submarines are taking part.

Amphibious ships: According to pre-exercise briefing 22 amphibious ships are participating in this exercise. Most of them are smaller LCT and LCM sized landing craft.

Fast attack craft: Turkish Navy has 19 missile-armed fast attack craft. 16 of them are taking part in this exercise.

TCG Gediz Takes Part In Dynamic Mongoose 2018

TCG Gediz as part of SNMG-1 takes part in the Dynamic Mongoose ASW exercise. During the exercise, she has crossed the Arctic Circle. Main photo: FRA N WO Christian Valverde, insert Turkish General Staff.

Gabya class frigate TCG Gediz is hunting for submarines at the top of the world. As Turkish contribution to the Standing NATO Maritime Group One TCG Gediz takes part in anti submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2018.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the frigate has crossed the Arctic Circle on 29th June.

Submarines from Norway under operational control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 7 surface ships from Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Turkey under the command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) Commodore Søren Thinggaard LARSEN. To support the simulated multi-threat environment, Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA’s) from Germany, Norway, and the United States will operate from Andoya Air Base under the operational command of NATO Maritime Air Command (COMMARAIR).

In March 2018 Turkish warship TCG Gaziantep took part in the southern ASW exercise Dynamic Manta held in Italy.

Below is the list of the participating units to Dynamic Mongoose 2018:

Number Name Country Type
F-363 HDMS Niels Juel Denmark Frigate
F-828 HNLMS Van Speijk Netherlands Frigate
F-831 HNLMS Van Amstel Netherlands Frigate
273 ORP General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Poland Frigate
Z-1 ORP Baltik Poland Tanker
F-101 ESPS Álvaro de Bazán Spain Frigate
F-495 TCG Gediz Turkey Frigate
Norway Submarine
Norway Submarine
P-3C Orion Norway Patrol plane
P-8A Posedion VP-10 USA Patrol plane
P-3C Orion Germany Patrol plane

TCG Preveze In Durrës

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Turkish Preveze (Type 209/1400) class submarine S-353 TCG Preveze in Durrës, Albania. Photo: Albanian Armed Forces.

Turkish submarine TCG Preveze made a 3 day port visit in Durrës, Albania. She was returning from the NATO exercise Dynamic Manta 2015 in Italy.

The submarine set sail for this deployment on 3 September 2015.

Pursuant to the Plan of Cooperation between the Albanian and the Naval Forces of Turkey, arrived for a visit in Durres port, the submarine “TCG Preveza S – 353”. The Purpose of this visit is Cooperation and joint training between Our Force and the Turkish Navy Marine. Turkish ship Was escorted to our territorial waters from small sailing motorboat R – 118, with commander kapitenllejtënant. Alket Cullhaj. In the dock 4 port Durres ND “TCG Preveza” Was Received by staff of Naval Flotilla, Representatives of the Authority and Durres Port Security, Military Police, Private Entities, etc.

While it is not usual for submarines to visit foreign ports, Durrës has been a prefered stop over for Turkish submarines in the last few years:

2014: TCG Sakarya

2013: TCG Anafartalar

2010: TCG Dolunay

TCG Anafartalar In Durres Albania

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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.

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