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Opinion: America builds partnerships to tackle piracy

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The United States and other international partners are helping African governments confront piracy and improve maritime security on two coasts of Africa.While...

Maltese armed forces order Australian patrol craft

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Malta, the island state wedged between Europe and Africa has selected Australian shipyard Austal to build it four 21.2 metre inshore patrol...

US Navy funds rail guns

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The US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded BAE Systems a US$21 million contract to develop an advanced Electromagnetic (EM)...

US reviews VBSS techniques with Mozambican marines

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Mozambican marines last week joined sailors with the USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) to practice Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS)...

US, Russia grab pirates

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The US and Russian Navies arrested 26 pirates yesterday and Wednesday as the sea robbers surged attacks off the Horn of Africa....

US Navy trains in Mozambique

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The US Navy has for the first time provided training to Mozambique. The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Robert G. Bradley last...

Faina finally released

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The MV Faina, a Belize flagged but Ukrainian-operated roll-on, roll-off (RO-RO) vessel carrying ammunition as well as 33 T72 main battle tanks...

Navy to hold sea power symposium

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The South African Navy (SAN) is next month hosting the 3rd Sea Power for Africa symposium at the Cape Town International Convention...

US Horn task force gets new admiral

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United States Navy Rear Admiral Anthony M. Kurta (picture, right) has assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa...

Nqakula commends Navy recruits

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Defence minister Charles Nqakula says his department is in talks with other government departments to utilise Military Skills Development Programme (MSDS) recruits...

Africom cruises

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The US Navy's landing platform dock USS Nashville is on its way from Rota, Spain to Dakar, Senegal, for a first stop...

UN readies anti-piracy treaty as Japan prepares its own Somali patrol

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Regional states, countries patrolling the pirate-infested waters off Somalia, and United Nations agencies will shortly adopt an agreement to reinforce the fight...

Analysis: An enduring legacy of Somali piracy could be new navies on the high...

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Months or years from now, when Somali piracy is a distant memory, its most enduring legacy will not be the spike it...

Namibian Navy receives new ship

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The Brazilian media reports that the country has delivered a new patrol vessel to the Namibian Navy, the lead ship of a...

French see British, Germans muzzle in on Algerian deal

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Britain and Germany are reportedly muscling in on what France considered a sure sale of up to four "FREMM" multi-mission frigates to...

US ups ante in counter piracy fight

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The US Navy and Coast Guard are this week adopting more aggressive rules of engagement in fighting piracy off the Horn of...

Piracy Contact Group adopts plan of action

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The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) is to is to establish a counter-piracy coordination centre among a...

Pyotr Velikiy off to fight pirates

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The visit by the first Russian ship to call on South Africa in 200 years is over. The massive 26 000mt, 250m-long...

Pirate contact group to meet today

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A Contact Group on Somali Piracy (CGSP) created by the United Nations Security Council last month will hold its inaugural meeting at...

Russia harbours SA great goodwill

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The Russian nuclear powered battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great) has dropped anchor in Table Bay harbour to pay South Africa a...

Russian battlecruiser to visit Cape

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The Russian nuclear powered battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great) will this afternoon dock in Table Bay harbour on its way from...

Pirates release ship taken off Nigeria

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Pirates have released a French merchant ship and its nine crew members seized off the Nigerian coast over the weekend. CNN quotes...

Insight: Is there a case for a South African coastguard?

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The question is often asked whether South Africa should establish and maintain a coastguard, either as part of the SA Navy or...

Chinese fleet approaching Somali waters as French act against pirates

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A Chinese surface group consisting of two modern destroyers and a replenishment vessel is fast approaching Somali territorial waters where it will...

MRS to hone skills in 2009

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The South African Navy's new Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) will next year hone its skills, the unit's commanding officer Captain (SAN) Solly...

Xena xplained

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The South African Navy's inshore and riverine equipment acquisition programme, Project Xena, is about more than just boats, says Captain (SAN) Nick...

SA still mulling fifth frigate

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A ministerial answer to a question tabled in Parliament suggests South Africa is still deciding whether or not to acquire a fifth...

Navy tests prototype Xena patrol boat

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The South African Navy is currently evaluating its prototype Project Xena riverine patrol boat delivered to the Maritime Reaction Squadron in Simon's...

SAS Assegaai to be preserved as museum

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The former SAS Assegaai, the South African Navy's sole remaining Daphne-class submarine, is to be preserved as a museum exhibit. The boat...

Time for “tough measures” against pirates: UN Somalia envoy

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The United Nation's top envoy for Somalia is calling for tough measures against pirates and their backers. Addressing the second day of...

SA Navy commissions 53 midshipmen

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The Chief of the South African Navy (SAN) Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu this morning officiated the commissioning of 53 midshipmen at the...

UN agency proposes anti-piracy plan

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Somalia's neighbours must do more to arrest and prosecute ever-more brazen pirates, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says....

Navy gains 300 sailors

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The SA Navy today gained 300 new hands when the sea service graduated its latest class of naval gymnasium programme (NGP) sailors....

Navy gains teeth

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The Chief of the SA Navy Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu has commissioned the Navy's latest combat unit, the Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS)....

UN meeting in Nairobi to fight piracy

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The United Nations will today and tomorrow host an international conference in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the rampant piracy off the coast...

MC to approve Millennium plans in New Year

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The Chief of the Navy will brief the Military Council, a committee of Service and South African National Defence Force division chiefs...

SA Navy to commission Maritime Reaction Squadron

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Chief of the SA Navy Vice Admiral Refiloe Johannes Mudimu will tomorrow commission the sea service's latest deployable asset, its Maritime Reaction...

Navy moves “aggressively” to curb skills loss

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The South African Navy is moving "aggressively" to address an ongoing loss of skills caused by sailors resigning to follow more lucrative...

Navy to relocate SAS Wingfield

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The SA Navy is to relocate its sprawling technical training school, SAS Wingfield, along with some depots from a run-down World War...

The Spioenkop returns from Far East cruise

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SAS Spioenkop, the Valour-class frigate, returns home to Simon's Town from a lengthy cruise to the Far East tomorrow. She set sail for...

SA Navy creates own operational sea training section

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The SA Navy has created an operational sea training (OST) section to capitalise on lessons learned last year by the sea service...

UN authorises use of force against pirates

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has authorised the use of force against pirates under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. The body...

SA Navy sketches future force design

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The current, pre-Cabinet version of Defence Update 2025 (DU2025) contemplates the South African Navy acquiring three offshore patrol vessels (OPV), three inshore...

The MV Faina to be released?

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Somali pirates have reportedly agreed to a ransom for a Ukrainian roll-on roll-off (RO-RO) ship carrying 33 T72 tanks and other heavy...

Naval patrols a success: WFP

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The naval escort of World Food Programme (WFP) ships in Somali territorial waters is proving successful, the UN agency says. The Netherlands...

AgustaWestland SuperLynx will be operational mid-2009

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The South African Air Force's fleet of four AugustaWestland SuperLynx 300 Mk64 maritime helicopters will be fully operational by the middle of next year,...

Insight: What is piracy?

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Piracy and what it entails is one of the most confusing concepts or illegal acts about which every person has an opinion....

Pirates step up attacks

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Somali and Yemeni pirates have upped the ante in the Gulf of Aden and adjacent waters attacking 11 ships in the last two...

Fact file: STN Atlas DM2A4 Seehecht torpedo

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Crucial SA Navy projects on track

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Several key SA Navy projects are funded, on track and unlikely to be delayed by current political events or next year's general...