South African Navy chief Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane has been awarded the Brazilian Naval Order of Merit medal by Antonio Augusto Martins Cesar, the South American country’s ambassador to South Africa.
The Brazilian Naval Order of Merit was implemented in July 1934 for the purpose of warding naval personnel who have distinguished themselves in national or foreign military and civilian institutions, as well as to Brazilian or foreign military or civilian personalities who have contributed to the Brazilian Navy.
The insignia of the Naval Order of Merit has on the obverse side the emblem of the republic circled in blue, engraved with the words “Merito Naval” and on the reverse an identical circle with the word “Brasil”.
Speaking after the award ceremony, the ambassador said naval co-operation between his country and Brazil had flourished over the past few years, especially since Hlongwane’s assumption of the office of CNavy in April 2014, according to a statement issued by the Navy.
Accepting the honour the SA Navy Chief said a positive and professional relationship had developed between the Brazilian and South African navies over the years.
Both arms of service have biennial staff talks and two biennial exercises – Ibsamar (India, Brazil and South Africa) and Atlasur (Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Uruguay).
Hlongwane told the Brazilian ambassador he would ensure co-operation between the two countries’ navies was not just continued but would be expanded during his time at the helm of the South African maritime arm of service.