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No first quarter Op Copper deployment this year

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With the end of 2020’s first quarter only days away, it’s apparent there will not be a SA Navy Operation Copper deployment as previously...

More pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea

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In the last week several more pirate attacks have been carried out in the Gulf of Guinea, with a number of crew kidnapped. According to...

Seven crew kidnapped off container ship near Gabon

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The container vessel MSC Talia F has been attacked by pirates off the coast of Gabon, with seven crew abducted. The vessel was attacked on...

COVID-19 impacting maritime security

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The COVID-19 coronavirus will have a profound impact on commercial and security trends within shipping this year, and efforts to mitigate maritime crime in...

COVID-19 travel restrictions to impact on armed guards on ships

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As the situation with COVID-19 novel coronavirus continues to evolve, states are increasingly taking measures to restrict the movements of personnel into and within...

SA Navy can support Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy ops, but…

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Taken purely in terms of manpower and platforms there is no reason why the SA Navy should not be in the Gulf of Guinea,...

Saudi coalition apparently foils attack on tanker in the Gulf of Aden

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Reports issued by the Saudi-led coalition that is active in Yemen state that they had foiled a potential attack on a crude oil tanker...

Crimes at sea cripple sustainable development – UCT study

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A surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia during the mid-2000s threatened global trade and other state interests to such an extent that...

SA Navy Op Copper deployments valuable for commerce and security

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Defence analyst Helmoed Heitman is a firm believer in the dictum “you cannot control what you can’t patrol” and to this end maintains SA...

Another ship attacked by pirates off West Africa

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Armed pirates attacked and boarded a container vessel in the Gulf of Guinea last week, but all crew were reported safe after taking shelter...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...