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FS Floréal - photo Marine Nationale

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27 February 2015 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb


The quiet buzz around Simon’s Town in anticipation of Exercise Good Hope goes up in the decibel level on Monday when a gun salute marks the start of the bi-national exercise between the South African and German navies.


Between Monday and Friday, March 27, when the end exercise happens, German and South African warships and aircraft, fixed and rotary-winged, will take part in numerous exercises, both at sea and in port.


This is the sixth edition of the Good Hope exercise and the tasks set for participants range from navigation and transit exercises through to air defence, gunnery, surface, tactical, electronic warfare and casualty evacuation. Replenishment at sea (RAS) is another task, in which the German navy supply ship Berlin will be the major roleplayer. The firefighting skills of both navies will also be put to the test during a simulated harbour fire.


The maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will have two platforms in action for the duration of the exercise. They are the Valour Class frigate, SAS Spioenkop (F147), under the command of Captain (SAN) Mark Boucher, and the Heroine Class submarine, SAS Manthatisi (S101), under the command of Commander Russell Beattie. The SA Air Force’s (SAAF) contribution comes in the form of Super Lynx embarked aboard the frigate and a pair of Oryx medium transport helicopters. All three are 22 Squadron assets and they will be joined by a 35 Squadron C-47TP.


Apart from the Berlin, other platforms in the German navy contingent are the three frigates Hessen (flagship), Karlsruhe and Brandenburg. Each has a maritime helicopter aboard.


The German participants in the exercise will take two breaks from maritime warfare activities for open days at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on March 13 and 14 and will also be in harbour at Simon’s town for the Navy Festival from March 20 to 22.


In addition to the four German vessels, South Africa will at the same time be hosting naval vessels from the United Kingdom and France. The Royal Navy’s Daring class destroyer HMS Dragon and supply vessel RFA Gold Rover have been visiting Simon’s Town and will call at Cape Town on March 4, while the French Navy patrol frigate FS Floreal will arrive on March 6.

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German Navy vessels make port call in Angola


24 February 2015 by defenceWeb


Three German Navy vessels, due to take part in Exercise Good Hope with the South African Navy next month, have berthed in Angola as part of their journey around Africa.


The vessels arrived in Luanda on Saturday, having sailed from Wilhelmshaven on 27 January. They will sail around the coast of Africa, through the Suez Canal and to the Mediterranean before returning to Wilhelmshaven in June, according to the German embassy in Angola, and are due to depart Angola today.


The ships form part of the European’s country annual training cruise EAV 2015 but they are also hosting a number of German companies who are exhibiting their products aboard one of the vessels, the Hessen.


The vessels took part in Exercise Obangame Express in the Gulf of Guinea on their way down the West Coast and will take part in Exercise Good Hope VI with the South African Navy next month. They will also contribute to the European Union’s anti-piracy Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden region.


The ships include the Sachsen class frigate FGS Hessen; the Bremen class frigate FGS Karlsruhe; the Type 702 Berlin class supply vessel FGS Berlin; and the Brandenburg class frigate FGS Brandenburg. The Berlin can be used as a command platform for joint operations and as a floating hospital and carries two helicopters. Although the three frigates docked in Angola, the Berlin remained at sea.


The German embassy said the port visit follows a visit by Angolan defence minister Joao Goncalves Lourenco to Germany in November last year during which he signed an agreement with his German counterpart Dr Ursula von der Leyen regarding defence co-operation. German Ambassador Rainer Muller on Friday said that 18 Angolan military personnel have benefited from training in Germany, under the cooperation agreement between the two countries.


The German vessels are due to enter South African territorial waters on March 1 and sail into Simon’s Town on March 2 and will do harbour training with elements of the SA Navy until March 12 as part of Exercise Good Hope. This date has been set aside for a harbour visit to Cape Town with March 13 and 14 earmarked as open days.


All four German maritime platforms, the frigates each carrying a Sea Lynx helicopter, will participate in tasks ranging from search and rescue through to boarding and gunnery with a South African Valour Class frigate and one of the Heroine Class Type 209 submarines.


The Germans will take a welcome break from maritime action from March 20 to 22 when they will participate in the Navy Festival, a highlight of the Navy calendar before the end of the exercise and departure from Simon’s Town on March 23.


The aim of Good Hope is to strengthen military, particularly maritime, co-operation between the two countries via the sharing of maritime expertise.

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14/05/2013 Sources : Marine nationale


La cérémonie d’activation de la Force navale franco-allemande (FNFA) a marqué le début de l’entraînement multinational de lutte anti-sous-marine Spontex, le 13 mai 2013 à Brest. Présidée par le contre-amiral Jean-Baptiste Dupuis qui conduit l’entraînement, la cérémonie a réuni près de deux cents marins français et allemands sur la plateforme arrière du transport de chalands de débarquement (TCD) Siroco.


Créée en 1991 par la volonté des deux pays d’associer leurs capacités navales, la FNFA est une force de réaction rapide non permanente, capable de combiner des moyens français et allemands. Cette capacité de mise en œuvre de forces « ad hoc », rapidement déployables, est un impératif que partagent les autorités politiques et militaires des deux pays. La FNFA peut être activée pour exécuter des missions d’intérêt commun, participer à des opérations de l’union européenne, de l’Otan, ou pour remplir un mandat de l’Onu. Elle peut également être activée à l’occasion d’entraînements opérationnels communs.


Dans le cadre de Spontex 13, la FNFA regroupe trois bâtiments allemands : le pétrolier-ravitailleur Frankfurt Am Main, deux frégates anti-sous-marines (FASM) Emden et Bremen  et trois bâtiments français, le TCD Siroco, la FASM Primauguet et l’aviso Commandant l’Herminier.

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Si l’édition 2013 de Spontex met à l’honneur la FNFA, c’est parce que la France et l’Allemagne célèbrent cette année les cinquante ans du Traité de l’Elysée. En 1963, cet accord signé par le général de Gaulle et le chancelier Adenauer, symbolisait la réconciliation des deux pays et le développement de leurs futurs liens de coopération.


« Le Traité de l’Elysée demeure la pierre angulaire de la construction du partenariat franco-allemand. Il constitue une base commune solide et concrète, à la fois dans les domaines politique, militaire et symbolique, a rappelé le contre-amiral Jean-Baptiste Dupuis lors de son allocution. Au niveau militaire, l’Allemagne et la France maintiennent et développent depuis ce jour des relations privilégiées, notamment dans le domaine maritime, au sein duquel la coopération est riche et dynamique. La FNFA illustre parfaitement le dynamisme de cette coopération. »

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