No anti-piracy patrol for SA

Published on February 3, 2016 by   ·   No Comments
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Mozambique Channel unprotected.

No ship currently on station for Operation Copper

Written by Kim Helfrich

Operation Copper, the South African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking led by South Africa, has been on hold maritime-wise since mid-December.

The tasking sees South African military assets, airborne and maritime, patrolling the Mozambique Channel. It has its origin in the hijacking of the ship Vega 5 by Somali pirates in the Mozambique Channel and was formally adopted in August 2011 with two components – intelligence gathering and military deterrence.

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Source: defenceweb.co.za

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