Sub Lieutenant Nombuso Mhlongo
Photos by Sub Lieutenant Nombuso Mhlongo & Petty Officer Sthembiso Makuleni

After a week of combat readiness operations, SAS SPIOENKOP set sail to India on Saturday 16 January 2016 to participate in Exercise IBSAMAR V (which coincides with the International Fleet Review in Visakhapatnam). Exercise IBSAMAR is a Joint and Multinational Maritime Exercise held between the Indian Navy, Brazilian Navy and South African Defence Force. The exercise has been in existence since 2008 and is an extension of the IBSA (India, Brazil, SA) agreement.

Family members on board before departure

Friends and family members were also present to bade a sad farewell and safe journey to their loved ones.

Helicopter operations

Special Forces boat manoeuvres

The ship is due to arrive on 23 January 2016 for her first port of call at Port Lois, Mauritius for rest and recuperation.

During exercise

Operational Sea Training (OST) Team evaluation and ensuring that the ship's company is ready