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Tue Aug 30 15:07:46 SAST 2016

SANDF, US Army to conduct war games in Eastern Cape

Sapa | 11 July, 2013 16:52
A ball of fire from an explosion is pictured during a Capability Demonstration by the South African Air Force (SAAF) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) at the Roodewal Bombing Range in Makhado, in the northern province of Limpopo, May 9, 2013. File photo.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

The South African and US armed forces will conduct a joint exercise in the Eastern Cape, the SA National Defence Force said on Thursday.

SA Navy Captain Jaco Theunissen said the forces would share technical expertise during the exercise, which would start on July 24 and end on August 5, and would involve 5000 soldiers.

"We are exercising to do a human support intervention in an unstable country," said Theunissen.

"What we simulate is what is currently happening in a lot of countries in the world, especially in the African continent.

"You've got warring factions destabilising the country.... We are exercising the war fight, where you will fight against rebel groups."

Medical units would also practice giving basic medical healthcare to a local population in an unstable warring environment.

All branches of the SANDF -- the army, air force, navy, and health --would participate.

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