The Commanders Respond: South African Navy

All future multinational and joint exercises are being developed to include antipiracy operations, such as intelligence and information sharing, joint operations, patrols, and interdiction operations. We will continue to assist SADC members in developing stronger doctrine to enable them to conduct such exercises and operations on their own. Additionally, our navy will continue to patrol regional waters to ensure smooth movement of ships and safe commerce and trade in the area.

The acquisition of new offshore-patrol vessels (OPVs) is expected to add strategic value in support of the maritime-security strategy as well as help combat illegal fishing and the plunder of reserves along the South African coastline. This project is expected to deliver eight OPVs, with the first in service by 2016 and further deliveries every three to six months.

The acquisition of a new hydrographic- survey vessel will give the navy the latest technology to continue its efforts to chart the coast of southern Africa to keep the waters safe for all mariners.

Our navy’s greatest strength will be in its ability to ensure unity of focus in order to maximize opportunity. Collective effort, trust, good leadership, and cooperation will be fundamental prerequisites to our success in future years.

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