continued to be filled with different external warfare
evolutions, with the weather being below 5 degree
Celsius, the tactical communications ratings bared the
cold and did some tactical communications (flashing
Lights and flags) with German Ship BONN.
Replenishment At Sea exercise took place on the 08 March
2017. For the South African Navy this evolution was
something that normally does not happen that often,
sailors are trained to Replenish At Sea (RAS) but rarely
get the opportunity to experience it in real time
amongst South African Navy ships but this time they got
the opportunity to RAS with foreign navy in
international waters. Replenishment at sea for the South
African Navy only took place more than 10 years ago due
to lack of resources.
are based on real life situations that may occur at sea
therefore exercises are simulated exactly according to
what might happen during a real life situation. These
exercises prepare sailors for the worst.
driving on a deserted road and you get a mechanical
breakdown, you are stranded and the only option you have
is to wait for someone to pass you and tow you to the
nearest garage. Now the same can happen to a ship at
sea, to counter this SAS AMATOLA and FGS AUGSBURG
conducted a ships towing exercise. The Seamanship party
on board SAS AMATOLA laid out ropes on the flight deck
to prepare for the actual towing exercise. The towing
evolution was performed in a seamanship like manner.
takes team work to make the evolution a success in
preparing to tow another ship/vessel. Before the ship
can be towed, the ships need to keep in contact to
prepare for whatever side, towing will take place. The
team will normally be briefed by Officer Commanding or
Executive Officer. The difficult part of towing is
getting the rope on board other ship, North Atlantic
Treaty Organisation (NATO) standards must be adhered to,
we must have the same type of rope as other ships.
Says Buffer on board SAS AMATOLA, WO2 Tyron Jansen.
conducted replenishment at sea with SAS AMATOLA on port
side and FGS AUGSBURG on starboard side. A total of
approximately 20 tons was transferred from FGS BONN to
Maritime Reaction Squadron was presented with the
opportunity to board FGS BONN which is a type 702 berlin
class replenishment ship with a length of 173.7 metres
and a height 17.5 metres as part of their boarding
exercises training for Exercise Good Hope. Before the
group departed the SAS AMATOLA, a briefing was given by
Sub Lieutenant Siphokazi Mavuma on the purpose of
boarding and the type of force that could be expected.
Reaction Squadron members, Leading Seaman Andres Koetjie
said that it was a great experience for him, the ships
layout was unknown to him, and he wishes that the rest
of the Maritime Reaction Squadron team at home get the
opportunity to experience what he has experienced.
MATOLA arrived in Rostock, Germany on the 10 March 2017
after conducting the jam packed Exercise Good Hope VII.
The sailors finally got a chance to rest and recuperate
after two weeks of training and exercises. On arrival
Officer Commanding SAS AMATOLA Captain François Roux
paid the Mayor of Rostock and Director Operational/
Deputy Fleet Commander German Navy Headquarters Rear
Admiral Jean Martens.
much interest in the presence of SAS AMATOLA in Germany
after the completion of Exercise Good Hope VII to an
extent that media houses came for a media briefing on
board SAS AMATOLA on the 10 March 2017. Later the
participating forces took time to recap on the exercise
by conducting a debriefing.
memorandum of understanding was signed on 11 March 2017
by representatives of Denel and ThyssenKrupp causing
Project BIRO into effect. Project BIRO is a project that
will manufacture ships for the South African Navy
specifically inshore patrol vessels in Naval Base Simons
Town East Dockyard.
foster relations a cocktail function was hosted on board
SAS AMATOLA and an end of exercise function was held at
Operational/ Deputy Fleet Commander German Navy
Headquarters Rear Admiral Jean Martens said Exercise
Good Hope is a long standing tradition and the arrival
of the South African Navy ship in Germany marks the
first time of hosting Exercise Good Hope in Germany in
the Baltic Sea even though Good Hope is far away.
will be heading north thereafter proceeding south, to
first replenish in Rota, Spain and continue its voyage
to West Africa for diplomatic visits.