- If you were in Simons Town earlier this week, you were treated to a military precision exercise when navies met to play ‘war games’
- South Africa took part in ‘war games’ with their South American counterparts
- The ‘games’ are a way for junior officers to gain experience in combat, as well as test SA’s readiness for combat
If you didn’t know any better, you would be forgiven for assuming South Africa has gone to war in secret after watching this video online.
But, don’t fear, SA was just doing a practice run.
South Africa and South America’s navies went head to head in ‘war games’ military exercises recently.
In the Atlasur ‘war games’, currently the 11th installment of the games, the navies’ main aim was to improve effective communication between each other.
During the exercises, military allies take their respective frigates to the open seas and engage in simulated combat, reported TimesLIVE.
This year’s theme was: “Combined‚ we can combat illegal trade”.
The games are between Argentina, South Africa‚ Brazil and Uruguay every three years.
The SAS Amatola‚ one of four valour-class frigates in the South African navy‚ and its crew demonstrated just what the SA navy is capable of.
The vessel’s 146-strong crew, as well as the 121m-long frigate, along with the Uruguayan and Brazilian ships, ran tactical manoeuvres off the coast of her homeport of Simons Town.
South African Navy Captain Cebo Gwala, said the exercise is two-fold, Briefly.co.za learned.
“Firstly, a military dimension of a strategy we have with the countries of South America‚ and secondly it is an opportunity to train and prepare with the navies across the world.”
Captain Gwala said the SA navy looks up to the South American navies, adding there’s a lot they can learn from them.
“It’s all about diplomacy and communication.”
According to Abdul Sayed, the Commanding Officer, the Atlasur exercises is also a great opportunity for junior officers to get some much needed experience in combat.
Simons Town turned into what can only be described as a movie set, when live rounds were fired by the Brazilian frigate, while low flying aircrafts simulating active combat. Meanwhile, around the ships, a submarine patrolled the waters.
Watch the video below:
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