Fourteen senior officer-learners from the Tanzanian National Defence College have paid their first official visit to the South African Navy Fleet at Naval Base Simon’s Town. The College chose South Africa as a first destination due to its geographic strategic position within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and the African continent in general.
The Tanzanian National Defence College is the highest training institute in the Tanzanian Armed Forces and was established in September 2012 with assistance from the Chinese Government. This is to train the leaders of the Tanzanian Peoples Defence Force and to cater for strategic defence and security interests of Tanzania.
The group, which arrived on April 25, was led by Lieutenant General C L Makalala. The guests arrived at Fleet Headquarters to pay a courtesy call to Chief of Fleet Staff, Rear Admiral (JG) G Jamieson, who gave them a detailed presentation regarding the role of the SA Navy within SADC and on the African continent.
The guests also paid a visit to one of the three SO9 type submarines in the SA Navy, SAS Charlotte Maxeke. The Officer Commanding, Commander R D Beattie welcomed the learners onboard and two of his sailors gave the learners a tour onboard the submarine.
The guests then proceeded to the frigate SAS Mendi where they were welcomed by the OC, Captain J A Mbotho. The OC gave the learners a brief history about the name of the ship, Mendi. The learners also had the opportunity to go to the bridge of the ship and have a look at the OC’s cabin.
The South African Navy is currently conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Mozambique Channel and will continue to do so until at least the end of March next year. This is in terms of an edict issued by South African National Defence Force commander-in-chief, President Jacob Zuma. South Africa’s involvement in anti-piracy operations off the east coast of the continent was formalised by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into with Mozambique and Tanzania. The MOU is part of the Southern African Development Community’s contribution to end piracy off the East African coast.