S. African navy hosts Russia, China for maritime exercise
The South African navy is hosting the Multinational Maritime Exercise with Russia and China in Cape Town.
The Chinese multi-role frigate Weifang (550) docks at Cape Town harbour for a joint exercise in southern African waters with South African Navy's frigate SAS Amatola (F145) and Russian Navy's missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov (055) on November 25 2019. [Photo: China Plus]
It is the first trilateral exercise between the three countries and is scheduled to take place off the southern coast of South Africa over the period of November 25-30.
The exercise is primarily focused on maritime economic security, interoperability and maintaining the good relations between the participating navies.
The week-long exercise is intended to demonstrate a "multinational willingness to ensure regional maritime peace, security and stability," according to the South African navy.
The first three days of exercise will focus on finalization of planning for a sea program as well as military social and cultural activities. It will be followed by a sea program, which will focus on surface gunnery exercise, helicopter cross deck landings, boarding operations as well as disaster control exercise.