The South African Ship Drakensberg sailed into Buenos Aires last month as part of the sea phase of ATLASUR VIII, a naval exercise involving ships from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and South Africa. Mr Tony Leon, former Leader of the Opposition and currently South African Ambassador to Argentina, was picked up by the ship-borne Oryx helicopter and landed on Drakensberg to observe the sail into Buenos Aires’s harbour. Mr Leon served in the SAN aboard President Pretorius in 1976.
Above, Capt Andre de Wet (OC, Drakensberg), H.E. Mr Tony Leon (S.A. Amb. to Argentina), V Adm Carlos Madero (Arg. Navy), and Capt Charl Coetzee (Chief of Staff).
In the morning, senior South African Embassy and Naval personnel paid homage to Admiral Guillermo (William) Brown, the Irish-born founder of the Argentine Navy at the monument to him by the Libertad building.