SA Navy all ship shape for World Cup

2010-04-17 00:00

WITH only 54 days to go before the Fifa World Cup kicks off, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has given the South African Navy a major vote of confidence, saying they have every corner of the country covered.

More than 1 000 navy personnel will be on duty, 240 of whom will be deployed off shore.

Three navy strike craft, the SAS Amatola, the SAS Mendi and the SAS Spioenkop will be deployed to Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town to support Special Forces and assist with visible policing.

Two submarines, the SAS Queen Modjaji and the SAS Charlotte Maxeke, will also be available.

Sisulu told the media, members of Parliament and senior officials at a briefing in Cape Town that the South African navy has proven its capability to handle any attack that might occur during the event.

“We have the capability and the capacity to do a damn good job. Every corner of the country will be covered, and we are prepared for any eventuality. I’m very proud of the navy,” she said.

World Cup tasks will include combating criminals at sea, underwater security and search and rescue.

The South African Navy frigate the SAS Amatola, accompanied by the Lilian Ngoyi, a Marine and Coastal Management ship, will be in Durban today and tomorrow. Both ships will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm on both days.

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