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NCI Agency Supports NATO Exercise to Improve Antisubmarine Warfare Capability

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NCI Agency Supports NATO Exercise to Improve Antisubmarine Warfare Capability

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NCI Agency Supports NATO Exercise to Improve Antisubmarine Warfare Capability
NCI Agency Supports NATO Exercise to Improve Antisubmarine Warfare Capability

This week marks the end of Exercise Dynamic Manta 2024, a NATO-led live exercise aiming to enhance and strengthen NATO’s overall anti-submarine warfare. Exercise Dynamic Manta prepares NATO submarine crews to respond and adapt to any type of threat that can arise below the surface. It is the largest and most complex submarine exercise that takes place in the Mediterranean Sea which trains, demonstrates and refines NATO capabilities in anti-submarine warfare. This demanding exercise takes place concurrently with NATO’s largest exercise, Steadfast Defender, demonstrating the Alliance’s ability to carry on simultaneous exercises and missions across the Euro-Atlantic area.

“CSU Sigonella has successfully supported Exercise Dynamic Manta for six years in a row. It is always a rewarding experience to see how our staff provide professional contributions and remain agile in their approach to supporting this exercise. Dynamic Manta provides an opportunity to showcase the competence and effectiveness of CSU Sigonella, and highlight how essential our work is within NATO,” said CSU Sigonella Commander, Navy Captain Daniel Badircu.

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The aim of Dynamic Manta is to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills. Each participating unit will have the opportunity to conduct a variety of submarine warfare operations. The submarines will take turns hunting and being hunted, closely coordinating their efforts with the air and surface participants.
The aim of Dynamic Manta is to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills. Each participating unit will have the opportunity to conduct a variety of submarine warfare operations. The submarines will take turns hunting and being hunted, closely coordinating their efforts with the air and surface participants.(Photo by MARCOM/NATO)

The NCI Agency supported the exercise by providing critical secure communication and information systems infrastructures. The CIS Support Units (CSU) of Sigonella and Northwood played an integral role in the successful execution of the exercise. CSU Sigonella was on hand as the local CIS provider at the Sigonella Air Station in Sicily, Italy, while CSU Northwood provided the support and infrastructure for MARCOM’s exercise network, which enabled effective communications throughout the exercise. CSU Northwood transported, installed and verified operational status of the necessary hardware equipment.

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) is NATO’s technology and cyber hub. The Agency provides C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; refer to Command and control terminology) technology, including cyber and missile defence. The NCI Agency’s area of expertise and key projects range from missile defense to secure desktops. The NATO Communications and Information Agency’s (NCI Agency) has 4 main campuses located in the European Union – Brussels and Mons in Belgium, The Hague in The Netherlands, and Oeiras in Portugal. The NCI Agency has over 30 locations in Europe, North America and South-East Asia.

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