Exercise PHOENIX – Mine Counter Measures

Article and photographs by Chief Petty Officer Byron Lombard
6 to 14 October 2016

The SA Navy’s Mine Counter Measure (MCM) team was in Mossel Bay for Exercise Phoenix 3 from 6 to 14 October 2016. The aim of the exercise was to build the MCM capability, transfer knowledge, such as clean-up of raw data and to skill personnel and supporting entities.

Commander Werner Stassen checking the weather forecast for the Mossel Bay area

The Route Survey Exercise was conducted with the support of the Institute of Maritime Technology (IMT) and the local public.

Benita Maritz (front right) shows Leading Seaman Jacques Joubert (front left) where the next diving position will be for mine-like objects

LS Meyer cleaning up the raw data retrieved from the AUV

The South African Navy divers also played a very important role in finding mine-like objects which were located with the REMUS 100 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) supplied by IMT.

Divers preparing to dive on a set location



Commander Werner Stassen thanked the Mossel Bay Port Captain, Vania Cloete for the support
 that was given to the South African Navy during the exercise

An in-depth story about Exercise Phoenix will be featured in the next edition of the Navy News Magazine