|Team USA & HMS Victory|
|October 7, 2015|
Olympic Stadium, London, UK
|Final Score RSA 64 - USA 0|
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"For a long time, South Africa was part of the British Empire, and then after it became independent, apartheid policies of successive governments ensured international military isolation, which in turn meant that South Africa developed its own extensive arms industry.
|Castle Military Museum|
Cape Town, SA
South Africa fought on the same side as us in both world wars, and USN ships have, of course, called in at South African ports. During World War II, as well, Wonderboom Airport at Pretoria in South Africa was the terminus for a US air-ferry route across Africa.
|P-51 Mustang, RAF Museum, Hendon|
In the years since the collapse of apartheid and the development of South Africa as a full democracy and important African power, a range of military links have been established. For instance, in 2000, three Pave Hawk helicopters operated from Hoedspruit Air Force Base in South Africa, helping with flood relief efforts in next-door Mozambique. In 2009, ships from the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group paid a visit to Cape Town to boost such links. And Shared Accord 2013, a bilateral US military and South African Defense Forces exercise in South Africa, involved more than four thousand troops and included airborne operations, as well as a humanitarian aid project.
￼The New York National Guard is partnered with South Africa."
On a recent visit to South Africa I learned of another military connection between Americans and South Africa. In 1863 during the US Civil war the CSS Alabama was a commerce raiding sloop that resupplied in Cape Town and pursued Yankee merchant ships off the coast of South Africa. There is even a popular song in South Africa that was inspired by the Alabama Daar kom die Alabama (see video above).
Congratulations and good luck to the Springboks!
|RSA v. USA Scrum|
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