The South African Defence Force and the US army 101 Airborne Divisions executed a joint military exercise at the South African Army Combat Training Centre at Lohatla from 17 July to 04 August.
The exercise was based on a scenario where a combined RSA and US task group conducted peace support and intervention operations under the United Nations chapter 7 mandate.
The US army exercised a strategic lift by means of sea, air and road movement and the SANDF exercised road movement sup-port and replenishment.
The shared accord included a small arms firing, range mortar firing, javelin laser
guided short range missile and 84 mm rockets. Obstacle clearance by means of explosives and TOW missiles could not be viewed due to strict safety regulations.
All the objectives with regard to the exercise of the field training were reached with the aim to enable the joint staffs to co-ordinate the next phase and field training exercise to its fullest capacity.
This is a more robust mandate whereby belligerent forces are forced to disengage and to discontinue the armed conflict within the region of the exercise area in Lohatla.
The closure was on 3 August during the official parade which was presided over by Major General Joseph P Harrington who is based in Vincenza, Italy.
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