Shortage of air and naval assets turns Op Copper into a listening post

Written by Kim Helfrich
The tri-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy initiative in the Mozambique Channel – Operation Copper – has become largely a radio listening post tasking due to the non-availability of South African airborne and naval assets.
South Africa, in the form of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), has been the major contributor asset-wise since the start of the initiative just on seven years ago. Mozambique and Tanzania are the other partners in Op Copper, supplying manpower as observers.
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