The Brazilian and Indian navies will be invited to send frigates and other naval assets including a helicopter and a maritime patrol aircraft to South Africa for Exercise Ibsamar later this year.
The decision to go ahead with the longstanding tri-nation maritime exercise was taken at an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) planning meeting in Simon’s Town earlier this month.
According to the Directorate: Corporate Communication (DCC) of the SANDF, responding to a defenceWeb enquiry, the Brazilian and Indian maritime forces will supply the bulk of platforms – four – for the exercise set to run from 13 to 18 October off Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth.
The SA Navy (SAN) will activate one of its four Valour Class frigates for the exercise and two Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) boarding teams.
The South Americans will be asked to deploy much the same in the form of one of six frigates and a team of marines.
In addition to one of its 13 frigates, the Indian Navy will also be asked to deploy the only two airborne assets – a maritime patrol aircraft and an organic ship’s helicopter – earmarked for Exercise Ibsamar 2022. Other Indian Navy assets expected to be part of the exercise are in line with Brazilian and South African contributions in the form of a frigate and marine commando.
Exercise headquarters will, in all probability, be at Naval Station Port Elizabeth, part of the maritime infrastructure making up the Port of Port Elizabeth.
Drills listed for Ibsamar 2022 at present are navigation; Officer of the Watch (OOW) manoeuvres; fleet work; communication procedures; visit board, search and seizure (VBSS) and helicopter operations.
Ibsamar 2022 will be the seventh tri-nation exercise in South African waters.