media statement 2011

MEDIA ALERT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE: GRIPEN AND HAWK JET FIGHTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL EXERCISE YOUNG EAGLE OPEN DAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2011

Date of release 16 February 2011

The Exercise Young Eagle Open Day will be held on Friday 18 February 2011 in Bloemfontein.

Exercise Young Eagle, the annual SA Army exercise aimed at training and exercising the SA Army’s Airborne and Air Assault forces to enhance airborne capability and combat readiness, is being conducted at the De Brug training area in Bloemfontein and will feature Gripen and Hawk jet fighters including 18 helicopters.

T The Open Day will consist of briefings, static displays/exhibitions, pathfinder infiltration, airborne and air assault demonstration, free fall demonstration and will be concluded with a media conference hosted by the Chief of the SA Army, Lieutenant General Solly Shoke.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Reporting time at Air Force Base Waterkloof at 06:00 on Friday 18 February 2011.
Estimated time of departure from Air Force Base Waterkloof: 07:00.
Estimated time of arrival at Air Force Base Bloemspruit: 08:30.
Depart from Air Force Base Bloemspruit at approximately 12:45
Estimated time of arrival at Air Force Base Waterkloof: 14:30

Ends.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
Defence Headquarters
Pretoria
Enquiries: Major Danny Wagenaar
(012) 355 6388 or 082 8051319