Spioenkop sailing back to SA after Ex Ibsamar V
The Valour class frigate SAS Spioenkop is making her way back to South Africa after participating in Exercise Ibsamar V in India, and is due to make a port call in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, today. She is not a stranger to Asia and conducted a three month, six country visit to the Far East, including China, during 2008. The South African Navy (SAN) vessel departed Goa on 1 March after taking part in Exercise Ibsamar V and the Indian International Fleet Review from 4 February. South Africa was one of 54 countries that attended the Review in Visakhapatnam, with ‘Navies of the World United through Oceans’ as the theme. According to the South African Navy, the official programme began on 4 February with a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial at Rama Krishna beach, to pay homage to those who died during the 1971 war. The Naval Review itself took place on 6 February. After a 21-gun salute, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee embarked on the Presidential yacht, accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.