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Commitment to US Red Sea naval task force grows

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At least 20 countries have, according to the United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD), signed on to be part of Operation Prosperity Guardian,...

Op Prosperity Guardian will be third naval task force in African waters

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A third naval task force will in the not too distant future be patrolling the seas off Africa – the world’s second largest continent. Operation...

EU monitoring hijacked vessel off Somalia

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The European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) is closely monitoring the hijacked Maltese-flagged merchant vessel Ruen, which remains off the Somali coast. In a statement,...

Somali pirates are back in action but a full scale return isn’t likely

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An Iranian fishing vessel, Almeraj 1, was reportedly hijacked by Somali pirates in November 2023. According to media reports, the pirates demanded $400 000...

New Atalanta force commander

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There’s a new man at the helm of the European Union (EU) naval operation in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s central eastern coast. He is...

Houthi hijacking in the Red Sea a disturbing escalation – Dryad

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The Bahamian flagged M/V Galaxy Leader was the target of a Houthi insurgent hijacking, approximately 50 nautical miles west of Hodeida in the Red...

Indian Navy ship calls at Kenya’s Lamu port

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The Indian Navy Saryu-class patrol ship INS Sumedha (P58) has made a maiden call at Kenya’s port of Lamu. Arriving at the port on 9...

Norwegian tanker Strinda struck by missile in Red Sea

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A Norwegian registered and operated oil and chemical products tanker, Strinda (IMO 9330771), was hit by a missile launched from Yemen at about midnight...

Increasing number of ships avoid the Red Sea and turn for the Cape

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Because of threats posed by the rebel Houthi forces in Yemen, an increased number of merchant ships are avoiding the Red Sea and Suez...

SA Navy to host Sea Power for Africa Symposium and send a ship to...

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In pursuit of international partnerships and collaboration, the South African Navy will next year host the Sea Power for Africa Symposium, and send a...

Fourth Meko frigate launched by Egypt’s Alexandria Shipyard

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Alexandria Shipyard has launched the Egyptian Navy’s first locally built Meko A200 frigate – the fourth overall for the North African nation. The Al-Jabbar (910)...

Op Corona tasking will see navy patrol eastern SA coastline

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The SA Navy (SAN) is going to sea in March with an offshore patrol deployment planned for the Kosi Bay/Mozambique coastline. The tasking was made...

Missile and drone attacks on Israeli linked ships in Red Sea

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Several Israeli-linked commercial ships have diverted around the Cape to avoid sailing through the Suez Canal and Red Sea, as number of other ships...

French Navy ship Jacques Chevalier on maiden visit to South Africa

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The latest ships to enter service with the French Navy, or in French, Marine Nationale, is the logistic supply ship FS Jacques Chevalier (A725),...

Suspected pirates apprehended off Somalia

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Suspected pirates aboard a hijacked Iranian fishing boat have surrendered to Somali police after being monitored by European Union Operation Atalanta assets. On 22 November,...

IMT shows AI and VR developments to senior SANDF acquisition personnel

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The Simon’s Town-based Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT) recently showcased developments in capability and service, including artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), to...

Fincantieri signs ten-year maintenance contract for Egyptian FREMM frigates

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Italy’s Fincantieri has signed a €260 million contract with Egypt for the maintenance of two FREMM frigates over a ten year period. The company made...

Somali pirates strike again as Iranian fishing vessel highjacked

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After a lull of several years, Somali pirates are back in the news with reports of them having successfully attacked and seized an Iranian...

Nigerian Navy holds Exercise Nchekwa Oshimili 2023 in Gulf of Guinea

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The Nigerian Navy put on its best face for the Chief of Naval Staff Sea Inspection ‘Nchekwa Oshimili’ 2023 exercise, which commenced late last...

US Navy liberates Israeli tanker seized by Houthi forces

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Action taken by US Navy forces operating off the coast of Yemen have liberated an Israeli chemical products tanker, the 19 998-dwt Central Park...

New Atalanta Commander in office ahead of 15th anniversary

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Operation Atalanta, the European Union (EU) maritime tasking in the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, today (Thursday, 23...
Spanish Air Force honoured for Op Atalanta contribution.

Spanish Air Force contribution to Op Atalanta honoured

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The contribution made by the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire ) to the European Union (EU) Operation Atalanta earned its aircraft flotilla the...

SA Navy Submarine Officer Commanding Course begins

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The latest Submarine Officer Commanding Course of the South African Navy began last month, giving submariners the skills and knowledge to fill new roles...

Second Piriou offshore patrol vessel delivered to Senegal

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French shipyard Piriou has delivered the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Niani to Senegal’s military, the second of three for the West African nation. The shipyard...

SAS Manthatisi Board of Inquiry extended

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The four-man board of inquiry (BOI) investigating the submarine incident that left three sailors dead in September has been granted an extension of time...

SA Navy looking to replace SAS Drakensberg

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The South African Navy will soon start a project to replace its combat support vessel SAS Drakensberg, which is nearly 40 years old and...

French frigate Floreal visits Cape Town

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On 1 November, unlike all previous visits by NATO warships, an unannounced arrival off Cape Town was the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Frigate FS...

Nigerian Navy to harness artificial intelligence to strengthen operations

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The Nigerian Navy aims to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to strengthen its operational capacity and keep pace with evolving technological advancements in the maritime...

SA Navy MMIPV project has supported over 1 000 jobs

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The construction of three new multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPVs) for the South African Navy has created over 1 000 direct jobs at shipbuilder...

Coastal waters turning into ‘world’s biggest transnational crime scene’

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Africa’s coastal nations are fighting a rising tide of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, piracy, and drug smuggling. A recent report by the Institute...

Lobese grateful for efficient new inshore patrol vessels, but says more are needed

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Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has expressed gratitude that the Navy is receiving new inshore patrol vessels, which are...

SA Navy receives second patrol vessel SAS King Shaka Zulu

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The Chief of the South African Navy and King of the Zulu nation were among the dignitaries present in Durban on Friday for the...

Dearsan launches first offshore patrol vessel for Nigeria

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Dearsan Shipyard has launched the first of two 76-metre-long offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Nigerian Navy during a ceremony in Turkey. The launching ceremony,...

Second SA Navy MMIPV to be named on Friday

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The second SA Navy (SAN) multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) built in South Africa will, the shipbuilders have it, be named in a ceremony...

SA and Netherlands to co-operate on naval history

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Last week’s high level discussions, including a letter of intent at national defence level, in Pretoria between The Netherlands and South Africa saw a...

Indian Navy patrol ship INS Sumedha visits Nigeria

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The Indian Navy offshore patrol ship, INS Sumedha is the latest Indian naval ship to pay an official visit to Nigeria. The visit starting on...

Kenyan President launches 1 800 ton locally built freighter

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Kenyan President William Ruto, also Commander-in-Chief of the country’s defence force, has officiated the commissioning and maiden launch of MV Uhuru II, a 1...

ECOWAS plans to up maritime security

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ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Chiefs of Naval Staff met in Togo this week to strengthen maritime operations and combat illicit maritime...

Second SA Navy inshore patrol vessel on track for month-end handover

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The South African Navy (SAN) will at the end of this month commission into service its second multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) as part...

SA’s Pandor calls for ocean protection at IORA

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South African International Relations and Co-operation Minister Naledi Pandor wants world leaders to “urgently take action” to protect oceans and for people dependent on...

Piracy on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea

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The Gulf of Guinea on Africa’s upper west coast is again highlighted as a world piracy hotspot in the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB)...

“Procurement challenges” and “lack of capacity” keep SA Navy in harbour

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That the SA Navy (SAN) needs to rebuild is borne out by the hours at sea recorded by the maritime service of the SA...

French Navy warship Mistral in Nigeria for maritime exercises

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The French Navy’s amphibious assault ship Mistral is in Nigeria for the combined exercises Crocodile Lift and Grand African Nemo, which started on Monday. The...

EU Naval Force completes Ex Aldabra II in Seychelles

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Operation Atalanta, the European Union (EU)-led naval deployment in September completed Aldabra II, an advanced training exercise promoting co-operation between the EU force and...

Gulf of Guinea countries join forces to secure maritime domain

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Shipowners operating in the Gulf of Guinea received a piracy alert in late June after a Swiss bulk carrier vessel was boarded and some...

Africa’s ocean of organised crime

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The ocean is central to global illicit trade. Criminal networks plunder marine resources, scour shipping lanes for vessels to hijack, and traverse coastal state...

SA, Indian navy personnel train together

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Joint training with the Indian Navy saw the South Africa Navy (SAN) frigate SAS Mendi (F148) utilised for at least eight different evolutions in...

Here’s why Somali piracy, once an unsolvable security threat, has almost completely stopped

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In 2011, pirates carried out 212 attacks in a vast area spanning Somali waters, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of...

The Gambia redoubles efforts to scupper maritime drug trafficking

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The Gambia is a key transit point for South American cocaine being smuggled to Europe. In February, over 800 kg of cocaine that had...

New Irini force commander

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The European Union (EU) naval deployment in the Mediterranean Sea – Operation Irini – has a new man at the helm of its multinational...