Last update: 15-Feb-2006 15:21 NATO Update

17 Feb. 2006


World’s largest submarine exercise tackles terrorism

14 Feb. 2006 CCMAR NATO Forces Gather in the Mediterranean for the World’s Largest Annual Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise

From 17 February to 1 March 2006, ten NATO countries will take part in the world’s largest anti-submarine exercise, Noble Manta, which will also focus on defence against terrorism.

The exercise will take place in the Ionian Sea, southeast of Sicily. Forces are provided by Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The annual exercise demonstrates NATO’s determination to maintain proficiency in coordinated anti-submarine, anti-surface, and coastal surveillance operations.

This year, the exercise will also test submarine roles and missions in defence against terrorism.