“Sandblasted and blown away: The Armed Forces invade Table View”
Out in Table Bay, the black fin of the Type 209 submarine SAS Manthatisi (S101) broke the surface. Closer to shore, a pair of of special forces operatives was dropped off by a Zodiac inflatable to swim through the surf, and secure Table View beach.
Their mission: to confirm the presence of the two diplomats, who had been taken hostage and were being held in a small building (an ablutions block) on the beach. Once confirmed, they were to mark a possible landing zone for an Oryx helicopter to bring in an eight-man assault team.
Published in the Military Despatches, Volume 22, April 2019.