New French Defence Attaché visits Chief of the
South African Navy
Article by PO Nkululeko Zulu
Photos by LS Tembalihle Zekevu
South Africa share common objectives in the Southern
area of the Indian Ocean so French and South African
Maritime Forces hold joint maritime exercises, to
enhance cooperation and operational interoperability.
Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Hlongwane welcomes the
incoming French Defence Attaché Colonel Ducret.
three years as France’s Defence Attaché in South Africa
Colonel Jean-Marie Monot handed over to Colonel Ducret
who was introduced to Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral
M.S. Hlongwane on 9 August 2017 at Navy Headquarters.
Colonel Jean-Marie Monot described his tenure as an
honour and privilege, “I thoroughly enjoyed the
beauty of this magnificent country” he said. His
most memorable moments include his various interactions
with a host of dignitaries from the country and abroad.
He mostly stayed in the country with his wife and was
occasionally visited by his two daughters. Colonel
Jean-Marie Monot’s new post is at the Airforce Academy.
French DA, Colonel Ducret expressed honour to be
bestowed this positing and pledged to continue where his
compatriot left off.