diplomacy, as opposed to gunboat diplomacy, is the
pursuit of foreign policy objectives through peaceful
employment of defence resources and capabilities. This
is indeed one of the effective non-lethal firepower in
the armoury of the South African Navy to shape the
international maritime space.
Pakistan, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of the SAN meet
diplomacy is capable of preventing disastrous conflicts,
thus creating global stability and peace. The South
African Navy through Directorate Maritime Diplomacy
Strategy has succeeded to exploit this tool for the
benefit of the SADC region and the entire African
South African Navy, military diplomacy manifests itself
in a variety of ways which include dialogue on security
challenges, port calls, combined exercises, exchange of
high level visits and many other forms of cooperation.
Many world navies understand the gains from diplomacy
hence a number of diplomatic related activities happen
between the South African Navy and other navies.
On 26 May
2016, Admiral Zakaullah, the Chief of Naval Staff of the
Pakistan Navy visited the Chief of the South African
Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane as part of the
Pakistan Navy plan to reignite and improve strategic
cooperation between the two navies.
Adm Zakaullar was given a presentation covering
geostrategic overview, SAN structure and the strategic
guidance given to the Fleet by Navy Headquarters. He
asked few questions during the presentation in an
attempt to get clarity on other issues which included
the existence of the Directorate of Transformation in
the South African Navy.
touched by the presentation, Pakistan Navy Chief
requested V Adm Hlongwane to consider the possibility of
deploying naval elements in Pakistan to participate in
AMAN, the multinational exercise that will take place in
however be noted that in February 2017, the SA Navy will
be participating in Armed Forces Day and the
Commemoration of SS Mendi which also require the
deployment of different naval assets.
This visit ignited a number of issues including Pakistan
delegation requesting more information about South
African Vertical Launch Surface to Air Missile, Umkhonto.
To put the
discussion in perspective, Director Maritime Diplomacy
Strategy, Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) M. Josias reminded
the Pakistan delegation about the existence of
cooperation agreement between the two Navies. This
explanation was a result of a question from Admiral
Zaukallah who wanted to have an insight into the content
of the agreement.