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  • 24 February 2017
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    Spanish Navy Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas assumed the role of force commander of the European Union’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta off the Horn of Africa. Rojas assumed command on board his flagship, ESPS Galicia, during a ceremony held in Djibouti on Friday. Djibouti is a key partner to the EU, with the busy port providing valuable […]

  • 23 February 2017

    Armscor, the acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence, announced the preferred bidders for the construction of South African Navy’s project “Biro” and “Hotel” vessels. In 2014, Armscor solicited offers on a multi-source tender basis from prospective shipyards for the supply of three offshore patrol vessels and three inshore patrol vessels that would be […]

  • 23 February 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The German Navy and Air Force are once again enhancing their relationship with the South African Navy through a drill called “Good Hope VII”. As the “VII” in the name of the bilateral maneuver suggests, this is the seventh time the two countries are organizing the exercise. This is, however, the first time this maneuver […]

  • 16 February 2017
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    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 […]

  • 30 January 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Maritime forces from three continents are set to begin the sixth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express on January 31. Units from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations will converge for nine days of drills in Djibouti, Djibouti, and Port Louis, Mauritius […]

  • 5 January 2017
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    Royal Navy’s River-class patrol vessel HMS Clyde in late December arrived to South Africa on what is scheduled to be a two months long port visit. Clyde reached Simon’s Town on December 23 and will stay there until February 20, 2017. Simon’s town is the home of the South African Navy; it is located on […]

  • 22 December 2016
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    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 […]

  • 19 December 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel ESPS Serviola returned to her home port in Ferrol, Spain, after taking part in different cooperation activities in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. The cooperative security activities with regional navies are organized by the Spanish Ministry of Defense and the Spanish Navy under the Spanish Defense Diplomacy Plan. During this deployment, […]

  • 29 November 2016
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    The European Council extended operation Atalanta’s mandate to deter, disrupt and repress acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia until 31 December 2018. Operation Atalanta’s two-year mandate extension comes amidst concerns within European Union member states that whilst pirate attacks on merchant ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are currently suppressed, […]

  • 10 November 2016
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    The U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus named the DGG 121 destroyer after the first African-American Marine Corps general officer Frank E. Petersen Jr. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was named during a Nov. 9 ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina. In 1950, two years after President Harry S. Truman desegregated the armed […]

  • 20 October 2016
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    Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Portland is currently in Simonstown, South Africa, where the crew started their month-long break during a nine-month deployment. After adding 18,000 miles to her odometer in a patrol which has taken the frigate from Plymouth, through the Mediterranean, Suez and Strait of Hormuz, into the Gulf, then out again […]

  • 4 October 2016
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    French frigate La Fayette joined the EU Naval Forces’ counter-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean on September 28. Two days later, Italian frigate, ITS Euro said goodbye to the mission after 190 days of operations. In addition to carrying out a number of counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 September 2016
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    Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Serviola set sail from Ferrol to conduct a series of activities with African navies as part of the Defense Diplomacy Plan and a follow-on of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative. These deployments are intended to enhance maritime security and cooperative security operations in West Africa and the Gulf of […]

  • 8 August 2016
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    Operation Atalanta welcomed back Dutch frigate HNLMS Tromp to the EU Naval Force off the coast of Somalia on August 6. Tromp’s crew departed their home port of Den Helder in the Netherlands on July 20 to join the mission for a second time as the frigate was part of Operation Atalanta back in 2010. It was during this deployment […]

  • 5 August 2016
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    German Navy’s Rhön-class tanker FGS Spessart has left the EU Naval Force and Operation Atalanta fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia. The ship spent eighty eight days and sailed over 13,600 nautical miles after leaving Wilhelmshaven navy base on April 18. The EU naval task force is deployed to the Horn of Africa to conduct counter-piracy patrols […]

  • 18 July 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Navy’s Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) worked with Royal Moroccan Naval Forces during the joint exercise African Sea Lion 2016. The exercise took place between July 10 – 14. Forty-two Royal Moroccan Navy and Royal Moroccan Naval Infantry personnel came aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), where […]

  • 22 June 2016
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    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 […]

  • 2 June 2016
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    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin has seized almost one tonne of heroin in three separate busts off the coast of Africa. The frigate made the interceptions, worth up to AU$800 million in late May while deployed to the U.S. Navy led Combined Maritime Forces. With the support of a Combined Maritime Force (CMF) surveillance […]

  • 27 May 2016
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    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 […]

  • 2 March 2016
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    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 […]

  • 23 February 2016
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    Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Atalaya (P-74) set sail from Ferrol, Spain for West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea in support of the Spanish Defense Diplomacy Plan. These deployments, organized by the Ministry of Defense, the Chief of the Defense Staff (JEMAD) and the Spanish Navy, are intended to enhance maritime security and […]

  • 19 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Brazilian Navy patrol ship Amazonas and the South African Navy frigate SAS Spioenkop arrived to Goa, India for the fifth edition of the international, joint exercise IBSAMAR which is to take place from February 19 – 29. This is the first time that exercise IBSAMAR is being conducted in Indian waters; all previous editions being […]

  • 12 February 2016
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    Two Royal Omani Navy ships and one South African Navy frigate arrived at the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 12. The Royal Navy of Oman ships Al Shamikh and Al Seeb are on their way home after participating in the bilateral Indian Navy-Omani Navy exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ conducted in the Arabian Sea […]

  • 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 […]

  • 5 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ghanaian maritime operations center is the host of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operation which started February 4. Aside from the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard, the operation involves members of the Ghanaian Navy. Activities are being conducted from the Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1), in coordination with […]