SA Navy can support Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy ops, but…
Taken purely in terms of manpower and platforms there is no reason why the SA Navy should not be in the Gulf of Guinea, currently the continental piracy hotspot.
This is the view of military analyst Helmoed Heitman. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said the Gulf of Guinea experienced “an alarming increase in crew kidnappings” last year. This is in direct contrast with the African east coast where no incidents of piracy or kidnapping were reported off the Horn of Africa in 2019.
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