The South African National Defence Force’s annual force preparation exercise, came to a close last week. Unlike earlier years, the 2017 edition focused on border safeguarding and patrol and was centred in the Kwazulu-Natal province with the exercise joint task force HQ at Naval Base Durban. A total of 1400 personnel from all services took part, with assets deployed including Gripens, Oryx and A109 helicopters, C-47TP and C-130BZ transports, a PC-12, the SAS Spioenkop frigate and SAS Galeshewe offshore patrol vessel, and a level 1 hospital.
Although much diminished from prior years, the annual SANDF force preparation exercise is absolutely vital if readiness is to be maintained. [source]