No news on Op Copper?

Navy playing Op Copper cards close to the chest – military observers not impressed An SA Navy decision not to comment on an Operation Copper anti-piracy deployment has not improved the public image or perception of the maritime service of the national defence force, with experts cautioning this is a step backwards in terms of transparency. […]

Royal Marines providing maritime security training in Africa

A group of commandos from 1 Assault Group in Plymouth have been in South Africa and Tanzania Royal Marines spent a fortnight in Africa teaching local law enforcers how to keep their waters secure. A group of commandos from 1 Assault Group in Plymouth swapped Devon for South Africa and Tanzania as they shared their […]

Nigeria, South Africa Navies collaborate on maritime security

By Ronald Mutum The Nigeria and South Africa navies have commenced talks to enhance capabilities of naval operations and secure international waters. The Chief of Naval Staff (CAS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas made this known on Wednesday when he received the Chief of the South Africa Navy (CSAN) Vice Admiral Samuel Hlongwane at the Nigeria […]

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 […]

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 month now but a SA Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) is scheduled to take up Operation Copper duties later this month. The Valour Class frigate, SAS Spioenkop (F147), was tasked to be on […]

SAS Spioenkop taking up Op Copper duty this weekend

Operation Copper deploys anti-piracy patrols in the Mozambique Channel. The absence of pirates and associated activity in the Mozambique Channel has seen a downscaling of Operation Copper, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) counter-piracy tasking to where either an airborne or maritime asset is deployed at any one time. The operation is now at the […]