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New S.African defence chief takes over in spectacular parade Special

Posted Jun 1, 2011 by Christopher Szabo
South Africa has sworn in a new “Chief” for its military, Lieutenant General Solly Shoke, a former guerrilla of the ruling African National Congress’ (ANC) military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe and a former Chief of the Army.
New Chief of the SANDF  Lieutenant General Shoke takes the salute.
New Chief of the SANDF, Lieutenant General Shoke takes the salute.
Shoke took part in the negotiations that led to today’s democratic South Africa and held various key positions in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). He commanded the Southern African Development Community (SADC) forces in Lesotho in 1998 when South African and Botswanan troops intervened to prevent a coup d’état.
Photo op: President Jacob Zuma just after he returned from Libya poses with General Solly Shoke
Photo op: President Jacob Zuma just after he returned from Libya poses with General Solly Shoke
The Change of Command Ceremony, as it was officially called, was a spectacular, if long, event, was attended by Digital Journal,and was preceded by a joint Special Forces and the airborne 7 Medical Battalion Group’s skydivers, a 17-gun salute and a Salute Flight, with two Agusta A 109 helicopters followed by the newly refurbished Rooivalk attack helicopter.
Members of the South African Special Forces skydiving team with the flags of Special Forces and the ...
Members of the South African Special Forces skydiving team with the flags of Special Forces and the Joint Operations Division.
A company of the South Africa Infantry leads of the brigade-sized parade.
A company of the South Africa Infantry leads of the brigade-sized parade.
The Rooivalk is the pride of South Africa’s arms industry as it was designed and is built in the country. The attack chopper was based on a French Puma engine and designed around it, with some highly visible changes. It is flown by 16 Squadron, South African Air Force (SAAF).
The South African designed and built Rooivalk attack helicopter.
The South African designed and built Rooivalk attack helicopter.
There were seven formation flypasts during the full Brigade-sized parade, in which all four of the Services, the Army, Air Force, Navy and the SA Military Health Service took part.
Pilatus Astra trainers and the Silver Falcons Aerobatic team.
Pilatus Astra trainers and the Silver Falcons Aerobatic team.
The ubiquitous C-130 transport planes fly over the grandstand.
The ubiquitous C-130 transport planes fly over the grandstand.
Later, the outgoing Chief and the newly-sworn Chief of the SANDF inspected the Brigade, in a rather leisurely fashion, mounted on Land Rovers.
The SAAF’s key warplane, the JAS 39 Gripen, did a spectacular “break” over the field after which the aerobatic team, the Silver Falcons, performed displays to the cheering of the crowd.
The Gripen multirole fighters peform a  break  over the field.
The Gripen multirole fighters peform a "break" over the field.
The SAAF aerobatic team performed to the delight of the audience.
The SAAF aerobatic team performed to the delight of the audience.
A nice touch was a helicopter with a salute flag to outgoing General Ngwenya.
A kind thought. Salute to the outgoing C-SANDF  General Godfrey Ngwenya.
A kind thought. Salute to the outgoing C-SANDF, General Godfrey Ngwenya.