The SA Navy (SAN) maintains the COVID-19 pandemic has had “minimal” impact on naval operations and personnel with the fleet “able to deploy as tasked”.
At the same time the maritime service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said, in response to a defenceWeb enquiry, personnel numbers were reduced in infected areas. “Sections not affected continue as normal,” according to a statement which gave no further detail.
“No” was the response to questions as to whether the pandemic has affected maritime operations and the possibility of providing the number of SAN personnel off-duty in Simon’s Town as a result of coronavirus infection.
The SAN declined to indicate whether any stricter measures than those set down in terms of the still in-force national state of disaster were in place at Fleet headquarters and Naval Base Simon’s Town. defenceWeb was told the SAN “adheres to all COVID-19 guidelines outlined by government”.
This publication’s questions were prompted by a reliable source in the Simon’s Town area who said “a number of staff was instructed to come to work on alternate days only”. This is apparently an attempt to prevent further spread of the virus among personnel.