By U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs
The Los Angeles-class Submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751), a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 “Grey Knights”, and Arleigh Burke-class Guided Missile Destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), joined French Charles De Gaulle Carrier Strike Group (CDGCSG) for the NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)-led exercise Dynamic Manta 2021 from Feb. 22 - March 5, 2021
Maritime forces from France, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the United States converged in the central Mediterranean Sea to participate anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare evolutions in a simulated multi-threat environment.
“Multi-National events like this are critical for preparation and really showcase the multiplied strength when NATO partners work together,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Atakturk, one of VP 46’s mission commanders.
During the exercise, FS Charles de Gaulle (FS) maintained tactical control of USS Donald Cook, further emphasizing the enduring interoperability of NATO allies.
“The crew of Donald Cook swiftly demonstrated remarkable commitment and great skills,” stated French Adm. Marc Aussedat, commander of CDGCSG TF473. “France and the United States, the only nations having catapult and recovery nuclear aircraft carrier, take advantage of each exchange to consolidate their high-end interoperability. These opportunities directly contribute to strengthening our capacity to fight alongside one another."
Dynamic Manta is designed to sharpen the antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) skills of participating NATO nations in order to deter adversaries improve allied cohesion.
Each surface ship will had the opportunity to conduct a variety of submarine warfare operations. The submarines took turns hunting and being hunted, closely coordinating their efforts with the air and surface participants.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with joint, allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.