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The sub hunters: Guarding against undersea threats [WITH SUBS]

03 May 2019 15:26


With their ability to glide undetected beneath the waves, submarines pose a grave danger to maritime forces. In order to operate effectively, NATO must be ready to neutralise threats below the waterline. Exercise Dynamic Manta 2019, held off the coast of Italy, this past March, gave the Alliance a chance to hone its anti-submarine warfare skills. Dynamic Manta 2019 drew together units and more than 3,000 sailors and airmen from 10 Allied countries (Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States) in the central Mediterranean Sea to simulate the hunt for undersea adversaries. In order to succeed, NATO forces had to use a combination of sea-based, airborne and submarine assets to find and neutralise threats. Footage includes aerial shots of submarines and warships; interior shots of the Dutch frigate Evertsen, the Turkish frigate Gelibolu and the Spanish submarine Tramontana. Interviews include US Navy Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, Commander, Submarines NATO; Lt Max, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer with the Royal Netherlands Navy; and Lt Philipp Wollny, German Navy.


Submarines pose a grave danger to NATO’s naval forces. How does the Alliance counter this threat?


Various aerial shots: Italian submarine Scirè underway TEXT ON SCREEN ON THE HUNT FOR SUBMARINES Medium shot: sailor on bridge of Dutch frigate Evertsen IN A HIGH-STAKES GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE Various interior shots: Spanish submarine Tramontana Shot of NATO ship through submarine periscope viewfinder LOWER-THIRDS TEXT Rear Adm Andrew Lennon, Commander, Submarines NATO SOUNDBITE (English) Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, Commander, Submarines NATO “Submarines have the ability to launch missiles that can threaten critical infrastructures and our nations.” “Submarines are inherently stealthy. You can’t see them when they’re submerged. So how are you going to find a submarine?” “One of the primary ways we do this is with acoustics, and so we are listening for submarines under water. This is very difficult because submarines are extremely quiet, and this is a very slow process that requires intense concentration.” Various shots: Turkish Navy sonar technicians scanning for submarines SOUNDBITE (English) Lt Max, Royal Netherlands Navy “So when we are looking for a submarine, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. So the first thing to do is use, for example, a maritime patrol aircraft with its radar, so when a submarine is surfacing, we directly detect it.” LOWER-THIRDS TEXT Lt Philipp Wollny, German Navy Long shot: German P-3 taxiing Various shots: Turkish Navy sailors launching sonar buoys from MPA Long shot: German P-3 landing Medium shot: Ground crew parking P-3 SOUNDBITE (English) Lt Philipp Wollny, German Navy “The advantage of a maritime patrol aircraft during anti-submarine warfare is, we have the capability to react very quickly. We can deploy sensors in just a short time to focus on high-speed subs or on low-speed subs more proactive than a frigate does it.” TEXT ON SCREEN EXERCISE DYNAMIC MANTA 19 SHOWS HOW NATO USES TEAMWORK TO DEFEAT UNDERSEA THREATS Various shots: Sailors on bridge Aerial shot: submarine SOUNDBITE (English) Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, Commander, Submarines NATO “Strategically, it’s very important for NATO that we have the ability to neutralise any threats from below the sea.” LOWER-THIRDS TEXT Lt Max, Royal Netherlands Navy Various shots: Maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) searching for and locating a submarine

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Date filming
28 Feb 2019 12:00
Mediterranean Sea near Catania, Italy
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