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VIDEO: US Navy and allies showcase strength, teamwork and anti-submarine tactics during Dynamic Manta

A Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class stands anti-submarine warfare coordinator watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) during exercise Dynamic Manta 2017. Dynamic Manta is an annual multilateral Allied Maritime Command exercise meant to develop interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/Released)

Naval forces from 10 countries have come together in the Mediterranean Sea for the exercise Dynamic Manta to strengthen teamwork and tactics in anti-submarine warfare amid an increase in Russian undersea activity.

An array of scenarios during the 10-day NATO drill are designed to test and train crews on how to combat submarines from the air, sea surface and underwater. The technical and tactical skills must be sharpened regularly to keep up with Russia and China, naval leaders have said.

Last fall, Adm. James Foggo, head of the Navy’s Europe and Africa command, warned that Russia had been building up its sub fleet and had deployed several Kilo-class diesel submarines to the Mediterranean and Black seas.

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Participating in this year’s exercise alongside the U.S. are Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and Britain.

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