Exercise OXIDE 2017: Draw to a conclusion with a
Training Phase and Live Exercise Phase
Article by Lt R.B. Hlabati. Photos by PO S.
OXIDE came to a conclusion on Wednesday, 06 December
2017. The Exercise consisted of two phases: a Training
Phase and Live Exercise Phase.
Training Phase members of the South African and French
Military Forces conducted cross training to test
interoperability in order to establish their combat
readiness. This preparatory phase allowed the task force
to tackle any outstanding curative action in order to
ensure a smooth Live Exercise Phase.
The Super Lynx helicopter doing aerial surveillance
during the Live Exercise phase
Phase 2 was
scenario based in which the SAS AMATOLA ambushed the “BOUGANVAILE”,
the fictitious name given to FS CHAMPLAIN. This ship was
being used by the SEGA cartel to traffick drugs via the
Indian Ocean. Members from the Maritime Reaction
Squadron (MRS) boarded the ship where Cartel members
were arrested and confiscated illegal drugs. The FAZSOI
2nd Parachute Regiment later attacked the cartel’s main
HQ which was situated ashore.
Live Exercise phase was successful and concluded with a
demonstration which was given to VIP members who
included the French Ambassador and the SANDF and FAZSOI
relations between South Africa and France were
strengthened by EXERCISE OXIDE 17 and the level of
teamwork between these two countries was highlighted.
experience gained from the exercise was invaluable for
SANDF and FAZSOI members. Each Force was placed in a
position where they could benchmark off the other in
order to ensure success in the mission area. With such a
great working relationship the next Ex OXIDE to be held
in 2020 is definitely one to look forward to.
Brig Gen Lategan (SANDF Exercise Director) being
interviewed during VIP demonstration
components are currently enroute to South Africa and a
welcoming function will be held in Simon’s Town on 15