Commander CTF 150, SANDF Discuss Security Challenges

Commander Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, Commodore Brian Santarpia Royal Canadian Navy, recently visited the Republic of South Africa to discuss common maritime security challenges and potential cooperation opportunities between Combined Maritime Forces and the South African National Defence Forces (SANDF).

During his visit to South Africa, Commodore Santarpia met with South African military authorities in Pretoria and Simon’s Town, including with senior personnel from Joint Operations Command and the South African Navy. Discussions focussed on maritime security interests in the Western Indian Ocean and the establishment of a meaningful mutually beneficial relationship.

Commodore Santarpia said:

The issue of maritime crime and security is of significant concern to all nations and requires a multinational and collaborative response.

Through sharing information and leveraging opportunities to cooperate with regional security and naval forces, collectively we can become more successful in meeting common challenges.

For Commodore Santarpia, the discussions were key in establishing mutual understanding and identifying shared interests.

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