n Conflict Trends - Exercise Blue Crane : a unifying moment for SADC

Volume 1999, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Exercise Blue Crane is a SADC peacekeeping exercise that will take place from 12 to 30 April 1999 at the SA Army Battle School in the Kalahari Desert, and in the Indian Ocean from the port of Durban. The 'Blue' symbolizes the United Nations (UN) and the 'Blue Crane' refers to South Africa's national bird. It follows a tradition started in Zimbabwe when the first SADC peacekeeping exercise in April 1997 was called Exercise Blue Hungwe. The exercise will be based on a multinational UN-led operation deployed in a classic interpositional role between two warring factions on a mythical island, called Naraland, in the Indian Ocean.

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