13 February 2013

Southern Africa: SADC Air Military Exercise Projection to Assign Country With More Responsibility

Luanda — During the projection of the air military exercise dubbed "Zambeze Azul" with the air forces of SADC region, set for June 01-28 in Angola, the country as host shall in portion reckon with the interest of the region and individual sensitiveness of each participating state.

This was said to Angop on Monday by the commander of the Angolan National Air Forces (FAN), general Francisco Afonso Lopes Gonçalves, when launching the exercise during a ceremony held in Luanda.

"Zambeze Azul" air military exercise with the air forces of SADC region will take place in a fictitious country dubbed "United Republic of Lumhosa" with its political capital city of Saurimo (Lunda Sul) and economic capital city of Luena (Moxico), provincial chief towns respectively.

The fictitious country (United Republic of Lumhosa) is limited on the north by the province of Lunda Norte, on east by Malanje and Bié, on south by Kuando Kubango and on west by the republics of DRC and Zambia.

The exercise is a multinational one, with a humanitarian character, elements of peacekeeping and imposition and is part of a biennial maneuvers programme, deliberated by the permanent committee of the SADC military aviation, during its 14th conference held in Maputo, Mozambique, in April 2012.

The first similar exercise that Angola participated was dubbed Blue Cluster and was held in South Africa, in August 2011.

SADC gathers Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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