EXERCISE OXIDE 2017: SANDF contingent arrive in La Reunion

Article supplied by Lieutenant (SA Navy) R. Hlabati, the Corporate Communication Officer in La Reunion.
Photos by PO Shaun O’Connor, the Combat Cameraman in La Reunion

On Friday 24 November 2017 the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) contingent participating in Exercise OXIDE 2017 arrived in La Reunion.

SAS AMATOLA arrives in La Reunion

24 November 2017

Upon arrival the SANDF Exercise Director, Brig Gen G.W. Lategan, accompanied by the Joint Task Force Commander, Capt (SAN) H.T. Matsane, visited the Prefecture (Presidency) of La Reunion. In keeping with Naval tradition, the SANDF Exercise Director presented the Prefect with a springbok skin.

The next stop for the Exercise Director and Joint Task Force Commander was a courtesy call to the FAZSOI Exercise Director, Brig Gen E. Vidaud onboard the French Multi Mission ship, FS Champlain. The two Exercise Directors then hosted a Media Briefing on-board the FS Champlain.

The day ended off with a Cocktail function on-board SAS AMATOLA where RSA and French forces were given an opportunity to socialize before the commencement of the Exercise OXIDE.

SAS AMATOLA ship’s company members happy to arrive safely in La Reunion

Brig Gen Lategan with the Prefect of La Reunion during courtesy call

25 and 26 November 2017

Over the period 25 to 26 November 2017, SAS AMATOLA opened up its doors to the public of La Reunion, which included tours for FAZSOI military members and their families as well as a Community Relations Project where 60 children from a local school were given a tour of the ship.

SANDF Exercise Director, Joint Task Force Commander and FAZSOI Exercise Director on board the CHAMPLAIN

Legal Officer of the SANDF socializing with Legal Officer of FAZSOI during cocktail function


Children on board SAS AMATOLA during community relations program