The South African Navy has prematurely terminated Operation Copper, its participation in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean. The frigate SAS Amatola, one of four that has the country returned to its home port.
Navy sources explain that this withdrawal is linked to a lock on a diplomatic agreement between South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania.
Copper operation was launched last year in the Mozambique Channel and off Tanzania.
This agreement allowed navies patrolling signatories in the region to pursue and apprehend suspected pirates.
The Amatola started patrolling last August, but returned to its base at Simon's Town in September.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Defence has refused to make any comment.