Two of South Africa’s four BRICS partners will take part in this year’s iteration of Exercise Ibsamar.
Representatives of the maritime forces of India, Brazil and South Africa will gather at the SA Navy’s fleet headquarters in Simon’s town next month in preparation for Ibsamar IV, starting on October 20.
The maritime exercise flows from a 2003 dialogue forum with the major objective of promoting the south/south dialogue, co-operation and the adoption of common positions on issues of international importance a Navy statement said adding “defence co-operation is one of the identified areas of constructive engagement” between the three countries.
Other partner nations in the BRICS formation are China and Russia.
The first Ibsamar exercise, in 2008, was hosted by South Africa with the second, two years later in India and Brazil having its first hosting in 2012.
Ibsamar IV is due to start on October 20 and end on November 7.
It will be conducted on the south and west coasts of South Africa in False Bay, Lamberts Bay, Jacob’s Bay and Cape Agulhas. No details of vessels or drills to be exercised have yet been released. Indications are the number and type of vessels taking part in Ibsamar IV will be made public around October 3.
The aim of the exercise is to provide collective training for the Brazilian, Indian and South African navies, building inter-operability and mutual understanding between all three forces a Navy spokesman said.
The Navy is warning Simon’s town residents to be aware of “excessive noise” from gun firing at the Lower North Battery on October 20.
“Visiting vessels will be welcomed with a gun salute,” the spokesman said adding the Navy was aware it would happen during whale season and all safety precautions, including range clearance and no live rounds, will be in place.