SAAF contributing to Op Ligcolo


Operation Ligcolo (Swazi for tree bark) is the name of the current national defence force humanitarian and law enforcement deployment with the SA Air Force (SAAF) a contributor of note in the northernmost reaches of the country.

A SAAF detachment in Musina is providing a reconnaissance and surveillance capability to 9 SA Infantry Battalion. This, according to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), comprises rotary wing support, an air operations team as well as protection and ground support services.

A single-engine C-208 Caravan fitted with the Koiler electro-optical surveillance system provides battlefield support, a SANDF statement said. This allows co-pilot Lieutenant Lesego Mabena and the flight crew to gain insight, knowledge and expertise on tactical operational training while renewing competencies and currencies.

There are 2 122 national defence force personnel from services including the SAAF, SA Army and SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) currently deployed on Ligcolo which is scheduled to finish at month-end.