SA’s de­fence ops need a ma­jor

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The re­view has rec­om­mended that South Africa’s mar­itime ca­pa­bil­ity should in­cor­po­rate de­fence strate­gies such as de­ter­rence, and pow­er­ful in­ter­ven­tions through the de­fence force’s sur­face, sub­sur­face (un­der­sea) and air ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“This will be pur­sued in con­cen­tric lay­ers that are fo­cused on South Africa’s ports, ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters, trade routes and marine re­sources,” says the doc­u­ment.

“In sup­port of the land­ward strat­egy, the mar­itime ca­pa­bil­ity must be able to con­duct river­ine and in­land wa­ter op­er­a­tions, and aug­ment fire­power when so re­quired.

“An im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion is re­quired to ar­rest the ar­eas of crit­i­cal de­cline and cre­ate a firm foun­da­tion to de­velop a sus­tain­able de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity ap­pro­pri­ate to South Africa’s in­ter­na­tional sta­tus, strate­gic pos­ture and in­escapable con­ti­nen­tal lead­er­ship role.”

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