High seas delays Arleigh Burke departure


The USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) left Simon’s Town this morning after her captain delayed her departure by 48 hours on account of high seas and poor weather.

The Burke arrived at the main South African naval port on Monday after sailing from Durban last week.

She was scheduled to depart for Mauritius,Reunion and Tanzania on Wednesday for the second leg of her six-month African Partnership Station cruise.

The ship`s company has already conducted joint training with the Djibouti and Kenyan navies.

The US Navy and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched the APS off West Africa in 2007 “to help African nations achieve stability and economic prosperity through civilian-military maritime mentoring as well as military-to-military training.”

Seeing the benefits of the program, “African officials on the other side of the continent asked for similar help,” America.gov reported earlier this year. This paved the way for the first APS visit to Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya in March this year by the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Robert G. Bradley.

The USS Arleigh Burke made her first port visit to South Africa in Durban on Monday last week. Two days later, she departed Durban and proceeded with a passage exercise en route to Simon`s Town with SAN frigates SAS Amatola and SAS Mendi as well as offshore patrol vessel SAS Galeshewe.