Luanda — The Angola Navy (MGA) is celebrating its 38th anniversary on Thursday, July 10.
The Navy was founded in 1976, following a visit the first President and founder of the Angolan nation, António Agostinho Neto, paid to the Luanda naval base, which coincided with the end of the training of the first soldiers of that branch of the Angola Armed Forces (FAA) in the post-independence period.
From the deck of the boat "Escorpião", inherited from the Portuguese colonial army, António Agostinho Neto stressed the role of the navy in the preservation of territorial integrity.
On the occasion, the founder of the Angolan nation advocated that with "the protection of the territorial waters (...) we will neutralise those who anyway want to steal what exists in our country."
According to a source from the FAA Staff, the challenges facing the country require the rebuilding of this branch of the Armed Forces
This process, he said, will ensure, in a near future, the acquisition of sufficient resources, such as new ships, which will allow effective patrolling of the country's territorial waters.
As to the technical use of new vessels, under the process of upgrading and refurbishing of the MGA, the bet goes to the training of staff, through a cooperation with other countries, since the Navy does not have a school to train naval officers.
However, it is encouraging that the FAA authorities are working towards the creation of conditions to give the Navy a technical capacity adapting it to the real needs of the defence of the territorial waters, with a particular focus on the training of various specialties.
The sea of Angola is rich in oil, and in recent years its production has reached satisfactory levels, requiring more responsibility concerning the security of the premises, at sea and on land against acts of sabotage.
The celebration programme, whose main event is being held at the Navy School of Ambriz, in northern Bengo province, includes demonstrations of operational tactics, parading of troops and handover of trophies to the teams participating in field sports marking the date.
Since its foundation, the MGA has had at its head such officers as Sotto Maior, Manuel Augusto Alfredo "Orlog", António Condessa de Carvalho "Toca", Gaspar Rufino dos Santos and António Feliciano dos Santos "Paxi".