Operation Ketane - Situation Reports

 

 21 April 2017   Leg 14 - SAS AMATOLA diplomatic visit to Luanda, Angola and Walvis Bay, Namibia with a recap of Exercise Ketane 2017

SAS AMATOLA embarked on a port call along the West Coast of Africa for diplomatic visits. She visited Tema, Ghana and Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The last ports she will be visiting are Luanda, Angola and Walvis Bay, Namibia...

 

 21 April 2017   Leg 13 - SAS AMATOLA’s short visit to Equatorial Guinea

After leaving Tema, Ghana on 04 April 2017 the SAS AMATOLA arrived in the second African port on the 06 April 2017 for Diplomatic visit and to further foster friendships with fellow African nations while maintaining a visible presence in area of transit...

 

 05 April 2017   Leg 12 - SAS AMATOLA arrives in the Gulf of Gold (Ghana)

As part of the SA Navy frigate deployment to Europe, The SAS AMATOLA is set to conduct patrols as soon as the ship reached West Africa from Rota, Spain to the RSA/Namibian maritime boarder. The vessel will conduct various activities to further build good relations with selected African countries en route and conduct passing exercises as mutually agreed upon by relevant Western African nations...

 

 21 April 2017   Leg 11 - SAS AMATOLA heading back to Africa

After many sea miles over many days at sea and many training exercises, SAS AMATOLA was homebound at last, having left Germany...

 

 29 March 2017   Leg 10 - SAS AMATOLA participates in Good Hope VII in the Baltic Sea, Germany

The SAS AMATOLA arrived in Kiel, Germany on the 27 February 2017 to conduct Exercise Good Hope VII. Exercise Good Hope VII is unique in a sense that it is the first time that the exercise is being conducted in the Baltic Sea...

 

 06 March 2017   Leg 09 - Arrival in Kiel, Germany for Exercise Goodhope VII

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...

 

 06 March 2017   Leg 08 - SS MENDI Centenary Commemoration

The sinking of the SS MENDI forms part of the deep-rooted history of South Africa that not many people know of. The site of the wreckage of the SS MENDI was only discovered in 1974 by Mr Martin Woodward...

 

 01 March 2017   Leg 07 - Training in Plymouth

Training plays an integral part in ensuring the continuous honing of skills in the military, thereby preparing sailors to be able to react according to proper procedures when required. A number of training activities took place on board SAS AMATOLA from 13 to 17 February 2017...

 

 16 February 2017   Leg 06 - Arrival in Plymouth for BOST

SAS AMATOLA arrived promptly at Naval Base Devonport as planned to start with the Basic Operational Sea Training (BOST) at Flag Officer Sea Training Royal Navy...

 

 06 February 2017   Leg 05 - Arrival Rota, Spain

The SAS AMATOLA arrived in Rota, Spain as scheduled on 2nd February 2017 after spending 18 days at sea sailing approximately 6000 nautical miles...

 06 February 2017   Leg 04 - Combat State 1 (OPERATION BLUE BOTTLE)

The Schadens Abwehr Gefechtsdienst Ausbilding (SAGA) training was conducted from the border of Namibia and South Africa at the Orange River. A combination of Damage Control training took place throughout the journey towards Rota, Spain...

 06 February 2017   Leg 03 - SAGA Training

Passing the coast of Namibia on 18 January 2017 the SAS AMATOLA’s programme changed from Operation CORONA (intelligence gathering operation) to SAGA (Schadeusabwehr-gejechtsusildung) which included Damage Control (DC) and Medical and Boarding Training...

 

 06 February 2017   Leg 02 - West Coast Patrol Operation Corona (Maritime)

As part of Operation (Op) KETANE deployment of the SA Navy Frigate SAS AMATOLA to Europe, the vessel conducted Op CORONA on departure from Simon’s Town until crossing the RSA/Namibian boarder at the Orange River on the 16th and 17th January 2017. This was done by patrolling the area at a distance of approximately 12 nautical miles from land...

 06 February 2017   Leg 01 - Media briefing and departure for OPERATION KETANE deployment

A media briefing was held on board SAS AMATOLA on Friday 13 January 2017. The purpose of the media briefing was to inform and to highlight the significance of Operation KETANE (Chain) deployment which is the 100th year commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi...