SAS Spioenkop due back in South Africa tomorrow after India trip
The South African Navy (SAN) frigate SAS Spioenkop is due to arrive in Simon’s Town harbour on Thursday after a ten week deployment that saw the Valour class vessel take part in Exercise Ibsamar V with the navies of India and Brazil. The South African Navy said today that SAS Spioenkop will be due back at 9:00 tomorrow after participating in port calls in Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Mauritius. The frigate docked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 10 March. Spioenkop departed Goa, India, for South Africa 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. After the Naval Review, SAS Spioenkop departed for Colombo, Sri Lanka. The vessel arrived there on the 12th, and hosted a Sri Lankan Navy delegation, before departing for Goa on 15 February. Exercise Ibsamar V, between South Africa, India and Brazil, began on 18 February with a harbour phase. Next up was the sea phase, which took place between 23 and 26 February. This saw the destroyer INS Mumbai (D62), the stealth frigate INS Trishul (F43), SAS Spioenkop (F147) and the Brazilian Navy patrol vessel BNS Amazonas (P120) participate. The focus was on anti-submarine warfare, surface firing, air defence, visit board search and seizure, flying operations, search and rescue, and tactical procedures, the SAN said. The Indian Navy Shishumar class submarine INS Shalki, Sea Harriers and MiG-29K fighter aircraft, as well as the Lynx helicopter, participated in the trilateral exercise.