View navy ships, military parade and night shooting

2016-02-11 06:00

The Armed Forces Day will be preceded by various activities which commences on Saturday and will continue until next weekend.

The main event is the Armed Forces Day on Sunday, 21 February, when the President, Jacob Zuma, will lay a wreath at SS Mendi Memorial in New Brighton at 08:00.

An Armed Forces Day military parade will be held at 10:00 from the corner of Beach Road to Brookes Hill Road. Approximately 1 000 South African National Defence Force members and over 100 vehicles and aircraft will participate in the march and fly-past.

This will be followed by a capability demonstration at 12:00 by all four services which include live demonstration of anti-piracy operations by the SA Navy, beach landing by the SA Army, the release of hostages by SA Special Forces and the extraction of injured personnel by the SA Air Force and the SA Military Health Service.

Other activities in the line-up to the Armed Forces Day are:

Navy ships open to public:

There will be an open day for the public to view SA Navy ships and submarines. The public will be afforded an opportunity to view warships and submarines. Ships open for viewing on 13 & 14 February, 10:00 - 14:00. Submarines on the same days from 10:00 - 12:00.

Sporting events:

At Gelvan Park Sports Complex, the SANDF will conduct a number of sporting activities from 16-19 february, with the aim of encouraging healthy living and fitness amongst young people and importantly, the participation and interactions within different communities.

Project Sisonke clean-up:

About 300 members of the SANDF will carry out a clean-up operation in Bethelsdorp, Langa and Uitenhage. This will take place on 15th February from 09:00 – 12:00. The aim of the clean-up is to promote environmental care in the community.

Free community musical concerts:

Local communities will be entertained by five military bands that will be perform-ing for free at community halls. The Air Force Band will perform at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports Centre on Monday, 15 February at 18:00 with a free musical gala concert at Feather Market Hall on 18 February, 18:00.

Handing over of Legacy Project:

As part of the Armed Forces Day legacy, Ministers of Defence and Military Veterans and Social Development will on 20th February present at three old age homes that have been repaired and refurbished by members of the SANDF.

Military career displays:

Local schools are invited to the SANDF career and military display events at King’s Beach. From the 17th - 20th between 08:00 and 17:00; 21st (08:00-15:00).

Night shooting demonstration:

SANDF elements namely the SA Army, SA Air Force and the SA Navy will demonstrate capabilities such as night shooting, amongst others. This will start at 18:00 at Kings Beach, on Thursday, 18th February.

TIt must be repeated that during the entire event there will be extensive noise from aircraft and cannons. Pet owners must please be aware of this.

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