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Exercise Dynamic Manta 2017 Begins

March 14, 2017 at 8:04 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams

MEDITERRANEAN SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) began participation in the multilateral Allied Maritime Command  anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare Exercise Dynamic Manta 2017.

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The exercise is taking place in the Mediterranean Sea off the southern coast of Italy, March 13-24, 2017. Participating units from the U.S. include the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), a nuclear powered attack submarine assigned to Commander, Task Force CTF 69, two P-8A Poseidons assigned to CTF 67 and one P-3 Orion from the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11.

Dynamic Manta is held annually to provide operational training in anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare in order to enhance interoperability and tactical proficiency of participating nations, including France, Norway, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy and the U.K.

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"Exercise Dynamic Manta is an excellent way for NATO allies to build resilient warfare capabilities, including anti-submarine warfare capabilities, through realistic training and challenging scenarios.  The chance to participate in an exercise that enhances NATO's overall multi-lateral operations is a tremendous opportunity, and we look forward to working with all of the participating nations."

- Cmdr. Andria Slough, commanding officer, USS Porter (DDG 78)

Quick Facts: 
The U.S. routinely practices interoperability and high-end warfare with allies and partners. Multinational training enhances interoperability among NATO allies allowing us to maintain vigilance to the degree necessary to promote a secure and prosperous region.
Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota Nov. 30, 2016.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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