Arrival in Kiel, Germany for Exercise Goodhope
Article and photos by Petty Officer Sthembiso
Makuleni and Able Seaman Judy Baatjes
In order to
meet the state/operational objective of Exercise Ketane
which is to integrate and contribute to the Foreign
Force and to strengthen the South African Navy’s
Operational Sea Training Cooperation with the main
emphasis laid on training of naval skills and maritime
warfare during Exercise Goodhope. The SAS AMATOLA
arrived in Kiel Germany on Monday, 27 February 2017 to
conduct Exercise Goodhope VII as scheduled.
Member of the South African Navy embarking German Ship
Bonn for the ice breaker function.
inception of Exercise Goodhope it is the first time that
the exercise takes place in Germany. To kick start the
exercise, the SAS AMATOLA rendezvoused with the German
Ship Bonn while at sea prior to arrival in Kiel Germany,
the Command Task Group (CTG) of the German Navy, Captain
Blasche embarked SAS AMATOLA while at sea to meet CTG of
South African Navy, Captain Francios Roux in order to
discuss the expectations of Exercise Goodhope and to
plan the upcoming two weeks interactions.
As customary on arrival alongside, Captain Roux paid a
courtesy to the Kiel Naval Base Flotilla 1 Commander,
Rear Admiral Jan Kaack, the Federal State Command
Commander in Kiel, Colonel Ralf Gutter, the State
Secretary, Mr Ralph Müller-Beck and the mayor
represented by Mr Fal Stadelmann.
AMATOLA leadership cadre proceeded to the planning
meeting to discuss the Exercise Goodhope programme. This
was done to make sure that all participating forces
understand their role during the exercise and to iron
out all relevant points. On conclusion of the planning
meeting the German CTG Captain Blasche mentioned that it
will be of critical importance for the forces to be
prepared to act on time and not prepare to act when they
are supposed to act.
evening an ice breaker function for all rank levels was
held on board German Ship Bonn.
serials will be executed in the upcoming weeks to
improve the naval skills level and maritime warfare.
Tuesday the 28th of February 2017 was set aside for the
SAS AMATOLA Damage Control Team and South African Navy
Divers to exchange knowledge with the German Navy Damage
Control facilitators and German Divers at the German
Navy Damage Control Centre in the area of
Schleswig-Holstein, Neustadt. On arrival the team was
divided into two groups, one for ship flood training and
one for fire fighting with the divers bracing the cold
weather of the Baltic Sea. Operational Diver Able Seaman
Gous said he does not know what to expect during the
diving evolution. When asked how he will cope with
freezing water temperatures which were estimated at 4
degree Celsius. He said he does not know what to expect
but he will put his diver survival skills into good use.
training interaction gave the teams a better
understanding of how to react to fire and damages while
at sea. Exercise Goodhope VII is set to be done
differently as the area of operation is different.
Members of the South African Navy busy with shoring to
prevent a ship from flooding.