Armed Forces Day Media Launch 2019

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With the 2019 edition of Armed Forces Day in Cape Town,preparations are well under way what is set to promte and show
the best of the capabilities of the South African National Defence Force.

This year as said before in previous reviews, the SA Navy will be hosting Armed Forces Day in their home waters of Cape Town where most assets are based as well as personnel.

28 Squadron C130BZ
AFB Ysterplaat

On the morning of the 28th January 2019,Aviation Central were invited to attended the Armed Forces Day media briefing which took place in Cape Town onboard the SAS Amatola is the first of four Valour-class frigates for the South African Navy by the European South African Corvette Consortium, and one of the few big warships the SA Navy have in their inventory.


Our flight from AFB Waterkloof in Pretoria with 28 Squadron in one of the mighty C130BZs, left for our 2 and a half hour journey to AFB Ysterplaat home of 22 Squadron and 35 Squadron.

Our arrival we had a military escort towards the V&A Waterfront where the Amatola was docked. The briefing proceedings started with a welcome sound of the Navy’s Band and the beginning of
the weeks activities building up to the parade on the 21st February 2019.

AFD co-ordinator Rear Admiral Matshimane said: “There will be 8 500 military men and women deployed, utilising 160 vehicles, a number of aircraft will also be displayed during the various exercises and events building up to the 21st February 2019″

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General Glen Gibson former 2 Squadron Gripen pilot mentioned “that we will see all types of South African Airforce Aircraft, the list being Gripen and Hawk fighter aircraft from AFB Makhado in the Limpopo Province,C130BZ,Casa212, and all helicopter types from around the country that including the Rooivalk,Oryx,AgustaA109LUH,BK117 and the Super Lynx 300.”

16 Squadron Rooivalk

The 16th February will see the official opening of the SANDF fan park at the Nelson Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha. Two frigates will be open to the public at the V&A Waterfront.

5/10KIM Walk/ Run Route
Parade Area
Static Displays in the Fan Park
Capability Demo Area

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