Frigates and submarines of the South African and British navies took part in a naval exercise off Capetown and Simonstown on Friday (15 October).
GV HMS Juno in dockyard in Simonstown
SV British ensign
TV Sailors prepare to cast off
SV PAN FROM Captain Vause saluting as HMS Juno leaves dock
CU Captain Vause with midshipman talks on radio
SV PAN FROM Rear of HMS Juno to frigate Cleopatra following behind
SV Radio mast
SV Royal Navy Wasp helicopter lands on HMS Juno (2 shots)
SV Action stations sounded. Sailors run and man guns (3 shots)
SV Operator on air defence equipment look out for aircraft
GV South African Shackleton flying overhead
SV Radio antenna
SV depth charges being fired
SV Officers on bridge
LV Submarine Uberon with periscope up alongside SAS Kruger.
CU Captain with binoculars
LV Submarine surfacing
GV SAS Kruger and HMS Cleopatra approach HMS Juno
Initials BB/0141 MF/AW/BB/0207
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Background: Frigates and submarines of the South African and British navies took part in a naval exercise off Capetown and Simonstown on Friday (15 October). Three frigates formed up as an anti-submarine search and attack unit helping a Shackleton aircraft track a submarine.
The exercise was designed to test the seamen in handling their ships at speed and near other ships. The ships were never much more than 500 yards apart.
SYNOPSIS: In Simonstown, ships of the South African and the British navies took part in naval exercises last Friday. Three frigates and a submarine took part in an anti-submarine search and attack action.
Captain Vause, Commander of HMS Juno. Juno is one of the three frigates taking part in the exercise--codenamed "Operation Shopwindow". She's one of the successful "Leander" general purpose frigates.
During the action, HMS Juno was joined by HMS Cleopatra, another of the "Leanders". The ships are formed in an air defence screen around a third frigate, the Tafelberg. Part of the search team was a Royal Navy Wasp helicopter.
A siren announces attack from the air. The crews go into action stations to beat off an attack from above. The air defence ship Juno coordinates the Force's Anti-Aircraft gun fire to break off the attack. Some of the guns only tracked the aircraft, without firing any shots.
Action stations and retaliatory attack against threats from the air were only part of the manoeuvres practised in the day's operations. Many of the young officers had had little experience in submarine warfare.
Ships lookouts and radar operators had practice in spotting periscopes...and dropping depth charges.
The three frigates also carried out signalled manoeuvres. These were designed to practice the Officers of the Watch in handling their ships at speed and in close company of other ships....and in giving naval ratings a chance to practice their signalling at close range.
The cooperation between the frigates and a Shackleton circling overhead finally forced the submarine to surface.
And while their ships practice together at sea...a decision still has to come on whether Britain will sell South Africa any more warships.