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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...

Navy OPV to take up Op Copper duties later this month

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) anti-piracy tasking in the Mozambique Channel has been totally reliant on intelligence for more than a...

SAS Spioenkop taking up Op Copper duty this weekend

The absence of pirates and associated activity in the Mozambique Channel has seen a downscaling of Operation Copper, the SA National Defence...

SANDF stretched, but coping with continental deployments

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Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Defence has heard of problems facing South African soldiers deployed continentally as part of peace support missions. These...

No ship currently on station for Operation Copper

Operation Copper, the South African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking led by South Africa, has been on hold maritime-wise since mid-December. The tasking...

An insight into South Africa’s counter-piracy operation

In a candid assessment of South Africa's commitment to a continued presence in the Mozambique Channel as a deterrent to piracy, an...

SANDF Joint Operations “over-stretched” on internal and external deployments

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The SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) Joint Operations Division has again confirmed it is over-stretched when it comes to deployments both internally...

Change to air support for Operation Copper

As of this week the aerial support component of Operation Copper will no longer see any SA Air Force elements deployed on...

Goodwill Project raises R6.8 million for military festive cheer

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The Goodwill Project, an SANDF Spouses Forum initiative, has this year raised R6.8 million that will be used to bring some festive...

35 Squadron details Operation Copper deployments

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35 Squadron, which operates the C-47TP aircraft, has spoken to defenceWeb about its activities in the Mozambique Channel as part of the...

Shift to training regional forces as Somali piracy decreases

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The three task forces of NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), together with allied forces, are helping Somali and neighbouring countries patrol their...

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