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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Military Art & Science

Feature: Protecting South Africa's borders

A soldier on border protection duty.Protecting a nation’s borders was among the first tasks to fall to armies. Similarly, protecting a nation’s waters and its seaborne trade were among the first tasks of navies. In neither case was the threat necessarily an attack by forces of another nation; it could as easily be the threat of roving bandits or pirates. In more recent times, air forces have been given ‘air policing’ tasks, to intercept and interrogate and, if necessary, force down unidentified aircraft.

   

Feature: South Africa’s defence priorities

Armoured vehicles and a Rooivalk during an Army Capability Demonstration.Another year, another defence budget, and once again the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is left short-changed and under-funded, as it has been for almost a quarter of a century, despite periods of high operational commitments and tempo.

   

SS Mendi bell recovered after 100 years

The Bell of the SS Mendi.The ship’s bell of the ill-fated SS Mendi has been recovered after decades of uncertainty about its whereabouts.

   

Commonwealth War Graves Commission preparing for centenary events

altThe Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is holding its main centenary commemoration at a service in London on Tuesday 23 May.
   

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