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 Post subject: Exercise Good Hope III
PostPosted: 18 Feb 2008, 08:04 
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14 February 2008

Media Release from Naval Base Simon's Town

Third Combined Military Exercise between SA and Germany: Exercise Good Hope III.

From 18 February to 18 March the seas and skies surrounding Cape Town will be used to conduct military exercises between South Africa and Germany. This series of exercises will be called EXERCISE GOOD HOPE III.

This will be the third time that military exercises will be conducted in South African waters between the two countries, with the last exercise taking place two years ago. During this year's exercise there will be more than 1 800 personnel, 15 ships and 16 aircraft from both countries taking part.

The "theatre of operations" will be around Cape Town and some exercises will be conducted at the Overberg Military Test Area near Bredasdorp and Arniston/Waenhuiskrans. Some of the types of exercises will include live missile and gun firings, anti-submarine warfare with mock torpedo attacks, anti-aircraft drills, fleetwork and maneuvering and more.

The objectives that both countries want to achieve with these exercises are:

- To enhance and maintain the comprehensive defence capabilities of the two armed forces.
- To develop a common understanding of military interoperability and foster mutual trust, respect and co-operation between the German Armed Forces and the SANDF.
- To upgrade operational means and methods of multi-national conventional forces by employing different types of equipment whilst conducting and exercising according to a common set of guiding principles.

The German Defence Force will be represented by two Frigates (FGS HAMBURG and FGS KÖLN) and two Combat Support Vessels (FGS BERLIN and FGS WESTERWALD), six Tornado Fighter Aircraft and two Lynx Helicopters. The SANDF will send three Frigates (SAS AMATOLA, SAS ISANDLWANA and SAS SPIOENKOP), one Submarine (SAS CHARLOTTE MAXEKE) two Strike Craft (SAS GALESHEWE and SAS ISAAC DYOBHA), two Minehunters (SAS UMZIMKULU and SAS UMKOMAAS), two Inshore Patrol Vessels (SAS TERN and SAS TOBIE) and the Combat Support Vessel SAS DRAKENSBERG. In addition to this there will also be six Cheetah Fighter Aircraft and two Oryx Helicopters.

The public of Cape Town will be invited to view the German vessels at the
V&A Waterfront on Sat 01 Mar to Sun 02 Mar 08. Thereafter the public can view most of the SA Navy and German vessels during the annual Navy Festival from 14 -16 Mar 08 in Simon's Town.

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PostPosted: 19 Feb 2008, 14:15 
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Anyone interrested in German Navy pics?

These were taken this morning at Simon's Town. The Hamburg is the largest warship in the German Navy.

F220 Hamburg
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76mm Gun
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Harpoon missile launchers
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View from bridge, over the vertical anti-aircraft missile launchers at A1435 Westerwald and F211 Koln
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Hamburg flight deck
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F220 Hamburg
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F211 Koln
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A1411 Berlin
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A1411 Berlin
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For comparisson - F147 SAS Spioenkop
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Dang...

I wish I could see those ships up-close.

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Good pics Dean - thanks! =D>

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 Post subject: Cheetah flypast
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2 Squadron will perform what could possibly be the last public formation flypast of the Cheetah on Saturday 1 March.

This will take place over the V&A Waterfront at 12h15.

As the flypast will be over the German Navy vessels here for Ex Good Hope III, there is the possibility of seeing Tornados too.


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There was a practise run this afternoon, with a box of four Tornados followed by four Cheetahs. The tornados then came over a second time.

Apologies for the poor quality, the sun and my distance form the action was a cause of frustration. :wink:

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Nice :)

They may be of poor quality, but it's better than nothing.

I'll probably be there tomorrow. Hopefully I can get a few decent shots.

Thanks Dean :)

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PostPosted: 29 Feb 2008, 17:27 
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Thanks.

The time of 12h15 for Saturday is approximate. I've heard everything from 11h45 to 12h30.

The practice today was at exactly 15h00!


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Thanks :)

I'll be there around 10:30-10:45, so I shouldn't miss anything. I just need to find a good point to get some photos.

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Hi Dean.

Have you got any pics from yesterday? Unfortunately I missed the first fly-past; I was on my way up to the bridge of our ship :( I also missed most of the Tornado's because my camera wouldn't turn on fast enough, but I got the back of them.

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Bridge of your ship?

Which ship do you serve on?

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Hehe.

I don't serve on any ship; I'm only 16. I meant a South African ship. They had 3 German ships, along with one of our ships (that we bought from Germany).

:P Sorry about the confusion.

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Just returned about an hour ago from spending the day aboard the SAS Amatola, sailing with the three German vessels. Undertook Officer of the Watch exercises, Replenishment At Sea as well as being attacked by Tornados and Cheetahs. Was then flown by Oryx back to Ysterplaat.

As you can imagine, I took over 360 photos, so will take some time before posting a few here. :wink:


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It's a hard life Dean! :P

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It's really difficult to choose just a few photos and static shots just does not show what it feels like when under attack by Cheetahs and Tornados from multiple directions!

SAS Amatola leaving Table Bay Harbour
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F220 Hamburg
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F220 Hamburg
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F211 Koln
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A1411 Berlin with Oryx
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Undergoing Repleishment at Sea excersices with the Berlin
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Berlin and Koln behind the Amatola
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Oryx approaching the Amatola
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Oryx approaching the Amatola
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Smokey Tornado approaching the Hamburg
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Tornado
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Cheetah
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Cheetah
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Tornado
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Tornado
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Tornado
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The tornados were low!
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Oryx approaching the deck
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Oryx taking off
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Flight back to Ysterplaat
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