SANDF to take part in special forces exercise in Angola


South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) special forces personnel will conduct a multinational force preparation exercise in Angola in August and September this year, the Department of Defence has confirmed.

The exercise, Legae 2014 (Vale du Keve), will take place between 1 August and 13 September and will be the fifth time that South African Special Forces will participate in a similar exercise with other SADC Special Forces, the Department of Defence said.

The exercise will cover counter insurgency (COIN) operations with limited satellite support by the Arms of Services, in order to build capacity and test interoperability during rural operations in mountainous, jungle and waterborne environments.

The exercise will take place in the region of Cuanza Sul in Angola. The exercise proper will commence on 28 August.

In October last year more than 700 special forces personnel from several SADC countries, including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, took part in Exercise Welwitschia in Namibia.

The exercise involved practicing the tactics, techniques and procedures of desert warfare and improving the readiness and interoperability of SADC special forces. It also gave special forces the chance to co-ordinate anti-piracy operations.

Unfortunately a Malawian soldier and two South African special forces personnel died during a beach landing exercise off Sandwich Harbour on October 6 when their boats capsized in rough seas.