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PostPosted: 11 Sep 2018, 19:42 
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Rosh wrote:
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What are the angled rods protruding from the gun platform ?


Those 'rods' are support structures for fencing/netting (which I see is not currently there).
It has a dual purpose:
1. To prevent the shells from rolling around on deck after firing the gun, and
2. To keep crew clear

Found this photo online (hopefully it attaches to the post as I am unable to post pictures for some reason)

If not:
http://www.sa-transport.co.za/military/navy/frigates/sas_isandlwana_f-146_07_dvdb07.JPG


Great, thanks Rosh :smt023


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Hahah, I was so far off the mark. :lol:

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Exercise ATLASUR all at sea

By Dean Wingrin

Exercise ATLASUR XI 2018, the multinational biennial maritime exercise between South Africa, Brazil and Uruguay, has entered the Sea Phase.

Having commenced the alongside first phase in Simon’s Town, South Africa on August 31, Sea Phase 1 started in False Bay on Thursday 6 September, with integration at sea scheduled to be completed on Sunday 9 September.

The South African Navy (SAN), as the lead service of the host country, is providing most of the participating assets. This includes the frigate SAS AMATOLA, hydrographic survey vessel SAS PROTEA, submarine SAS MANTHATISI and the Maritime Reaction Squadron (boats, reaction force, divers and boarding).

Brazil is represented by the frigate BNS BARROSO (with an AS350 Ecureuil helicopter onboard) and 1 Platoon Special Forces, whilst Uruguay is represented by the replenishment vessel ROU GENERAL ARTIGAS and a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team.

The first evolutions on Thursday consisted of a few Officer of the Watch manoeuvres. This, Commander Abdul Sayed, Executive Officer of SAS Amatola told defenceWeb, involved “basic manoeuvring of the ships in order for the ships to get accustomed with one another in terms of manning, as well as conducting training for our junior Officer of the Watch and Navigation Officers.”

This year’s theme for Exercise ATLASUR XI is “Combined we are combating illegal trade (human, drug & arms).” This, Sayed said, has been one of the most formidable threats, not only across Africa, but around the world.

“The purpose of this exercise is for us to exercise with the Uruguayans and the Brazilians,” Sayed explained, “As international navies, we have this collaborative effort in terms of a common goal. In combating illegal trade, the seaward element is in support of the landward objective.”

As a result, there is a small landward contingent involved in exercise ATLASUR XI. A combined South Africa, Brazilian and Uruguayan amphibious Marine force made landfall and proceeded along the coastline in support of the exercise.

After a night steam by the Task Force, defenceWeb was privileged to board SAS AMATOLA via boat transfer in the dark, chilly pre-dawn hours of Friday.

The serialised program for the day commenced with AMATOLA and BARROSO conducting Naval Gunfire Support, which Sayed explained as “providing area bombardment towards the objective that is meant to be achieved ashore.”
Whilst AMATOLA did not actually fire her main OTO Melara 76mm gun, the BARROSO was enveloped in smoke as she fired her 113mm (4.5") Vickers Mk 8 Dual-Purpose Gun.

As the same time, PROTEA detached from the Task Force to conduct a MEDEVAC, flying a ‘casualty’ ashore via a South African Air Force Oryx helicopter.

AMATOLA and BARROSO also conducted an ADEX, an Air Defence Exercise to practise the ship’s ability to counter enemy aircraft. For this purpose, the SAAF provided a PC-7 MkII of the Central Flying School, AFB Langebaanweg, to simulate an attacking aircraft.

Whilst BARROSO remained on her gunnery exercise, AMATOLA broke away from the Task Force and continued with the ADEX.
Thereafter, PROTEA rejoined the Task Force whilst the Spotters were recovered from their designated area, with the Ecureuil helicopter embarked aboard the BARROSO taking the opportunity to fly.

All the while, Heroine-class submarine MANTHATISI was operating on and under the surrounding False Bay waters, accompanying the Task Force which then ventured south of Cape Point.

In order to celebrate the Independence Day of Brazil, AMATOLA led the PROTEA, GENERAL ARTIGAS and MANTHATISI in a sail past of the Brazilian frigate BARROSO, with the crew of the AMATOLA lining the ship’s side, executing a “Three Cheer.”

This was a special moment for the two Brazilian naval officers aboard the AMATOLA, who were observing the activities aboard AMATOLA during the exercises. Similarly, two South African naval officers were aboard the BARROSO.

Over the next week, additional Sea Phases will see exercises conducted in the False Bay area and off the Cape West Coast, which Sayed labels as “exciting.”

Besides additional exercises with the submarine, Sayed described how the Exercise Control Team will inject scenarios to which the Task Force will have to react.

“The purpose of this is to test our ability in terms of a real-life scenario in which we will be engaged in combat and how we would deal with these scenarios,” he said, “They will be testing our perseverance in being able to combat these simulated threats.”

Navies are no longer solely concerned with traditional conventional warfare, but acknowledge that countries face a common enemy, such as piracy and human trafficking.

As Sayed told defenceWeb: “That is basically the common fit that all navies are engineered and geared towards combating, so multinational navies exercise with one another. There are quite a few hurdles that we need to overcome, (such as) the language barrier and the different operating procedures.”

“However, the purpose of these is to afford us the opportunity to train with one another and for us to improve on those skills,” he continued, “So when we are called upon by global agencies, we are able to execute the functions properly and effectively.”
From the South African Navy perspective, Sayed says that this ATLASUR series of exercises allows them to “brush up on our standard operating procedures in terms of jointness and multinational cooperation with one another.”

The Brazilian observers aboard AMATOLA agreed, noting to defenceWeb that although international navies speak the same naval language, there are differences in the Standard Operating Procedures between the two navies.

Sea Phase 3, from Monday 17 September, will see the Uruguayans return home, whilst the South Africans and Brazilians continue with conventional maritime warfare at sea.

Following the conclusion of Exercise Atlasur XI on 21 September, the Brazilians will undertake a diplomatic visit to Maputo before returning to Simon’s Town on 1 October for the commencement of Exercise IBSAMAR, conducted between South Africa, Brazil and India.

Given the severe budgetary constraints under which the SA Navy has to operate, many question the future viability and operational efficiency of the SA Navy. So the last word should go to Sayed: “Yes, the South African Navy is definitely up for the job and up for the task at hand.”

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Apologies for the large number of photos. Conditions were Sea State 4, cloudy with rain and the odd patch of sun.

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For Airfire! :wink:

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Doug wrote:
Interesting colour scheme (Aggressor aircraft for exercise?) Extremely distant & cropped photo


Just the play of the light, PC-7 MkII was in standard Coke bottle colour scheme.
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Following the conclusion of Exercise Atlasur XI on 21 September, the Brazilians will undertake a diplomatic visit to Maputo before returning to Simon’s Town on 1 October for the commencement of Exercise IBSAMAR, conducted between South Africa, Brazil and India.



Nice one Dean. Do we know yet the assets the Indians are sending?


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Apparently two ships, may be a third.

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Dean wrote:
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Interesting colour scheme (Aggressor aircraft for exercise?) Extremely distant & cropped photo


Just the play of the light, PC-7 MkII was in standard Coke bottle colour scheme.
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Ah thanks very much Dean. Clears that one up nicely. Much appreciated.


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