SA Navy to go after pirates

Graeme Hosken

The navy will deploy warships to Africa’s west coast as far north as the Gulf of Guinea.

The deployments, early next year, will involve frigates and possibly submarines.

Ships of the Namibian and Angolan navies will also take part in the operation to combat pirate attacks.

Oil tankers have been the pirates’ preferred targets.

The South African military is currently running anti-piracy operations off Tanzania’s east coast and in the Mozambique Channel.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the deployment was part of the Southern African Development Community’s maritime security strategy.

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