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 Force preparation exercise at AFB Overberg

By Capt Yvette ter Wolbeeck

The SA Air Force’s support and participation on an operational exercise with the German Forces named as: “Exercise Good Hope III” was over the period 18 Feb – 18 Mar 08 at AFB Overberg.

This combined bi-annually exercise is aimed at enhancing and maintaining comprehensive defence capabilities within the SANDF.

The visit of the German Task Forces were the forth to South Africa. This exercise is designed to demonstrate friendship and military cohesion between the nations.

The SA Navy and German Navy merged together to exercise maritime warfare and seamanship.

The SANDF involvement was:
  - Cheetahs from 2 Sqn at AFB Makhado
  - Command and Control from AF Mobile Deployment Wing in Pretoria
  - Oryx Helicopter and Cheetahs from AFB Overberg
-   SA Navy with their Frigate.

German Forces:
  - German Navy warships
  - German AF – 6 Tornados fighter aircraft, 2 Lynx Maritime helicopters

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