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Maintenance delays and operational defects impact on Navy sea time

Maintenance delays affect Navy sea timeThe SA Navy logged 67% of the twelve thousand sea hours allocated to the maritime service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in the 2016/17 financial year.

According to the Department of Defence annual report for the reporting period, which was made public at the end of November, the Navy logged 8 131.5 hours of sea time due “to unavailability of vessels at the required level of capacity due to maintenance cycle delays and operational defects”.

The report does not give a percentage compliance with joint force employment requirements stating the “information is classified”. It is explained as “meaning the information was not published for public consumption but managed through the appropriate oversight institutions. This classified information was duly audited/made available for audit”.

“South Africa’s maritime borders were effectively defended, protected and secured by means of patrols in the Mozambique Channel in the prevention of maritime piracy activities. Two frigates and a combat support ship were deployed for this purpose. The Maritime Reaction Squadron was utilised extensively during the same operation.

“The SA Navy’s involvement in border safeguarding comprised of maritime border patrols which ensured the safety of the territorial integrity of South Africa’s maritime borders.

“Among other accomplishments, the SA Navy assisted the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries with the successful apprehension of three suspect fishing vessels within the South African Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“A submarine undertook a patrol to the Prince Edward Island Group to affirm the RSA’s authority over this remote territory of the Republic,” is how the report sums up naval activity in the 2016/17 financial year.

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