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  • 26 February 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    South African defense procurement agency Armscor has awarded Damen a contract for the construction of three inshore patrol vessels as part of the South African Navy’s Project Biro. South African Navy Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) will build three 62-meter vessels after being selected as a preferred bidder for the contract in February 2017. The vessels […]

  • 15 July 2015

    The Royal Australian Navy frigate Ship HMAS ANZAC paid a formal visit to South Africa, Cape Town V&A Waterfront on July 6, 2015. HMAS ANZAC conducted a port call with an objective to enhance the relationship between the Australian Navy and the South African Navy. The Navy also hosted a formal function for the South African Navy […]

  • 16 February 2012
    Training & Education

    Sailors and coast guardsmen from several African nations are gathered in Lagos, Nigeria, to participate in the start of Africa Partnership Station 2012 (APS), Feb. 14. APS is part of an ongoing international effort to assist African nations to improve maritime safety and security. The security cooperation initiative, now in its fifth year, is aimed […]

  • 20 November 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Australian Navy sail training ship, STS Young Endeavour docked at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa on November 18. The ship will remain in port until November 25. This is its second voyage to visit South Africa since 1988. The tall ship was built in 1987 in the United Kingdom and […]

  • 5 March 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    South African defense procurement agency ARMSCOR has finalized negotiations with South African Shipyards (SAS) for the construction of a hydrographic survey vessel as part of the navy’s Project Hotel. The agreement was finalized in February 2018, a year after SAS was selected as the preferred bidder for the project. The new vessel will replace the […]

  • 2 September 2013
    Training & Education

    An international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa on Aug. 30.  The ship and combined security cooperation task force, comprised of U.S., U.K., Spanish and Dutch Marines, will […]

  • 27 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy 22nd Escort Task Group came alongside in Simon’s Town, South Africa for a formal visit from May 16-20, 2016. The visiting group was constituted by Luhu-class destroyer Qingdao, Jiangkai II-class frigate, Daqing and the Taihu replenishment ship, Taihu. The 22nd Escort Task Group is led by Rear Admiral Chen […]

  • 31 October 2013

    The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa is set to visit with the South African navy, Oct. 30 – Nov. 1. Adm. Bruce W. Clingan is meeting with the Chief of the South African navy in Pretoria, Vice Adm. Johannes Refiloe Mudimu and with the Flag Officer Fleet of the South African navy, Rear Adm. […]

  • 27 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    After a week of combat readiness operations, the South African Navy frigate SAS Spioenkop set sail to India on January 16, 2016 to participate in Exercise IBSAMAR V. Exercise IBSAMAR is a Joint and Multinational Maritime Exercise held between the Indian Navy, Brazilian Navy and South African Defence Force. The exercise has been in existence […]

  • 21 September 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    China’s Poly Technologies and South African Denel have entered a cooperation agreement under which the two companies will work together in the South African maritime sector. The two state-owned companies will join forces and collaborate in areas such as ship repairs, shipbuilding, naval systems and marine services. The South African Navy will be the target client of this […]

  • 2 March 2016

    USNS Grapple, U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command ship, departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach on February 29 to begin its deployment to Africa in the 6th Fleet’s area of operations. With a crew of approximately 45 U.S. Navy divers and Civil Service mariners, Grapple is primarily going to provide dive salvage services […]

  • 25 September 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Interdepartmental and international Maritime Exercise OXIDE 2015 is currently underway in Richards Bay, South Africa, during the period from September 21 to October 2. The Exercise, held between the South Indian Ocean French Forces, stationed at La Reunion, and the South African National Defence Force every two years, is part of an effort of protecting trade routes in the […]

  • 9 October 2013
    Training & Education

    The South African Ship Spioenkop is expected to head for a patrol mission today, according to the SABC. The ship is being sent on a month-long patrol aimed at strengthening South African Navy’s relations with its African counterparts. SAS Spioenkop is the third of four Valour class frigates of the South African Navy built by […]

  • 20 September 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    US Navy and Coast Guard personnel concluded law enforcement training with Senegalese Marine and Navy and Cabo Verde Coast Guard units as part of operation Junction Rain (OJR). OJR, the operational phase of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership, concluded with a debriefing conference on September 15. During this phase, U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law […]

  • 22 June 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Germany’s Kiel Week 2016, the largest sailing event in the world, started June 18 and the port city is already brimming with navy and civilian ships from around the world. However, one visitor was given a special welcome to the navy base by the Inspector of the German Navy Vice Admiral Andreas Krause as the […]

  • 8 February 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The South African Navy took delivery of a second South African-built Damen ATD Tug 2909 at the naval base in Simon’s Town, Cape Town, February 4, 2016. Escorted by SA Navy’s existing six tugs, Inyathi, as the tug was named, was welcomed into the naval fleet with a traditional sail past. Inyathi, meaning buffalo, is the […]

  • 23 March 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Obangame Express, an exercise sponsored by US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and designed to improve regional cooperation, kicked off on March 21 with an opening ceremony in Libreville, Gabon. The annual exercise aims to enhance maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise of Gulf of Guinea and West African nations to counter sea-based illicit […]

  • 25 April 2012
    Training & Education

    One hundred and two incidents of piracy and armed robbery have been reported for the first quarter of 2012, with dangerously increasing numbers in West African waters, according to figures released today in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) global piracy report. In total, 11 vessels were reported hijacked worldwide, with […]

  • 22 December 2016

    The Royal and South African Navies will gather in February next year to commemorate the sinking of South African troopship SS Mendi. After it was rammed in fog off the Isle of Wight on February 21 1917, SS Mendi took 616 South Africans down with her. To mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, the South African Navy […]

  • 16 February 2017

    South African Navy frigate SAS Amatole visited Plymouth, UK, to mark the sinking of the South African troop ship Mendi 100 years ago off the Isle of Wight which coincides with the nation’s Armed Forces Day. Apart from the commemoration, SAS Amatola will spend a few weeks training with the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) organisation. The captain of […]

  • 7 January 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) pulled in to Rota, Spain, for a scheduled port visit Jan. 6, 2015. The ship is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station (APS). Cmdr. Matthew Flemming, Africa Partnership Station […]

  • 23 May 2014
    Training & Education

    SAS SPIOENKOP conducted a PASSAGE EXERCISE (PASSEX) with the Turkish Maritime Task Group (TMTG-14) on Friday, 16 May 2014. The Task group arrived in Simon’s Town harbour on Thursday, 15 May, for a courtesy call to the Fleet.   The TMTG-14 arrived in Cape Town on Monday, 5 May 2014, as part of the 102 […]

  • 5 November 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Indian, Brazilian and South African Naval forces put up naval demonstrations for IBSAMAR IV Media Day at South African Navy Training base in Saldanha Bay, SAS Saldanha, on Thursday October 30, 2014. Inside the inner harbour two South African Naval ships, SAS SPIOENKOP and SAS UMHLOTI, were used as platforms while the Indian and Brazilian ships were […]

  • 22 May 2013

    The maritime action ship ‘Rayo’ has concluded her participation in operation Atalanta against piracy in Indian Ocean waters. The ship was integrated into the EUNAVFOR (European Union Naval Force) for 85 days. From May 20, the ship will head towards the African coast for a deployment with scheduled port-calls at Tanzania, Mozambique, the South-African Republic, […]

  • 2 March 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    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 […]

  • 16 August 2013

    Pirates will continue to prey on the lucrative West African oil trade, with more piracy and hijacking incidents expected in the Gulf of Guinea, as long as the political complexities surrounding naval presence in territorial waters continue, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. According to Jeffrey Kerr, GlobalData’s Managing Analyst covering Downstream […]

  • 17 February 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Foreign Secretary William Hague thanked sailors on HMS Montrose for their efforts when he visited the Devonport-based frigate in South Africa. Mr Hague called on in on the warship in Simon’s Town as she paused her South Atlantic deployment briefly. The crew of HMS Montrose has been praised by the Foreign Secretary during his visit […]

  • 13 November 2013

    Twenty-five Spanish marines arrived two days ago at Rota Naval Base on board the Royal Netherlands Navy ship ‘Rotterdam’ after taking part in the African Partnership Station program for 2013. They have participated along with other Marine Corps instructors from Holland, the United States and the United Kingdom. Africa Partnership Station (APS) is a multinational […]

  • 19 September 2013
    Training & Education

    In Dakar, Senegal, marines in full packs board HNLMS Rotterdam in the early hours of the morning for a training session with African military personnel. At the same time, the orange hydrographic survey launch of the Netherlands Defence Hydrographic Service leaves its Dakar mooring to map the Senegalese harbour and surrounding beaches. Harbours and coastal […]