AUGUSTA BAY, Sicily – Exercise Proud Manta 2013 (POMA 13), NATO’s largest anti-submarine warfare exercise, concluded in the Ionian Sea, Mar. 6.
U.S. 6th Fleet units that participated in the exercise were the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) and a P-3 aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4.
“Proud Manta 2013 was a great success. The NATO exercise planners continue to outdo themselves with this event every year.” said Lt. Gregory Schmidt, exercise officer for Destroyer Squadron 60. “Proud Manta provides a valuable training opportunity for U.S. ships unlike any other in the theater.”
POMA 13 helps create an environment that promotes maritime safety and security in the region, and interoperability among participating nations.
“The exercise environment offered USS Barry hundreds of hours of sub-surface contact time and the ability to enhance interoperability in coordinated anti-submarine warfare, close quarters maneuvering, NATO communications, boarding procedures and air control,” said Lt. Schmidt.
The training included anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and precursor operations.
“Proud Manta was certainly a success from our point of view,” said Cmdr. Andrew Loth, exercise planner for U.S. 6th Fleet’s Task Force 67. “Our units were able to fly 14 missions comprising almost 70 hours of flight time, gaining 13 qualifications and 15 hours of sub-surface contact time. As a result, we have two additional fully-trained aircrews.”
The U.S. participants appreciated the opportunity to strengthen relations with allies.
“We look forward to seeing what NATO will offer with Proud Manta in the future,” said Lt. Schmidt.
The exercise included four submarines, 16 aircraft and eight surface ships from 10 NATO nations. Participants included Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.