The efforts of SA Navy Deputy Chief, Rear Admiral Hanno Teuteberg, in providing “exceptional service” to the Argentine Navy have been rewarded with the Argentine Naval Cross for Distinguished Service.
Teuteberg was presented with the medal by Minister Jorge Diaz de Biasi at the South American country’s embassy in Pretoria.
The award is for citizens, civilian or military, Argentine nationals or foreigners who have render exceptional service to the Argentine Navy. Teuteberg received the honour for efforts made to strengthen bilateral relations between the SA Navy and its Argentinean counterpart.
Days after he had been presented with the medal the Navy held its annual briefing for the military attaché advisory corps (MAAC) at the Naval Mess in Pretoria.
There are currently 88 MASC members representing 58 countries accredited to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).
SA Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Mosua Hlongwane, told those present “these international interactions bear testimony to the importance of diplomacy and foreign relations – the world you find yourself in and where you play an important part”.
The MAAC members were given a presentation on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking Operation Copper in which South Africa has the lead role. In addition to providing all the maritime assets deployed, in the form of either an offshore patrol vessel or a Valour Class frigate, the SA Air Force provides a 35 Squadron C-47TP for maritime patrol and reconnaissance duties.
The presentation by Commander Dieter Jones, Officer Commanding Naval Station Durban, highlighted operational experiences during the counter-piracy tasking as well as successes and limitations.