Unabridged statement: DoD on deployment of the SAS Drakensberg

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SAS DRAKENSBERG UP IN THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA.

Date of Release: 01 February 2010

Embargo: None

The Department of Defence (DOD) confirms that the SA Naval ship, the SAS DRAKENSBERG has been on a periodical routine training cruise along the West Coast of Africa since early January 2011 to train junior naval officers. This is part of the Inter-Operability West Exercise with other navies of the west coast countries to promote interoperability of the vessels. The SAS DRAKENSBERG has been re-diverted to Ghana for routine maintenance and replenishment during the first week of February 2011, and will continue with its exercise and will be ready for any instruction and assistance that may be required by government, which may include possible assistance that may be required by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) during the African Union panel negotiations pertaining to the Ivory Coast.

Ends.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
(Defence Media Liaison)

Pretoria



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