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Operation Copper extension to cost R154 million

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The extension of the Operation Copper maritime patrol mission in the Mozambique Channel for another year will cost the South African National Defence Force...

C-in-C confirms DR Congo and Mozambique Channel deployments for another year

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With the coronavirus pandemic currently very much front of mind for government, other commitments continue and this saw President Cyril Ramaphosa late last week...

No first quarter Op Copper deployment this year

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With the end of 2020’s first quarter only days away, it’s apparent there will not be a SA Navy Operation Copper deployment as previously...

SA Navy Op Copper deployments valuable for commerce and security

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Defence analyst Helmoed Heitman is a firm believer in the dictum “you cannot control what you can’t patrol” and to this end maintains SA...

Lessons learnt from latest Op Copper deployment

The most recent Operation Copper deployment in the Mozambique Channel, in addition to providing valuable "on-the-job" training for both sailors and airmen,...

SA Navy two platform deployment returns from Op Copper duty

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A revamped strikecraft, now doing duty as an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) with the SA Navy, will port in Durban on Friday...

Ramaphosa approves Op Copper extension

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved the extension of the anti-piracy Operation Copper in the Mozambique Channel for another year. In a letter dated...

Presidential edict extends South Africa’s anti-piracy commitment

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South Africa's contribution to continental counter-piracy – Operation Copper – along the east coast has been extended for another 12 months. The announcement...

South Africa should follow the NATO example and wrap up Op...

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The NATO anti-piracy tasking Operation Ocean Shield wraps up its work in the Indian Ocean on December 31 - a sure indicator...

Spioenkop repairs underway with sea acceptance trials coming next month

SAS Spioenkop suffered "a major mechanical defect" while deployed in the Mozambique Channel in August, with indications that repairs are progressing and...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...