Captain Sam Davis, in command of the frigate SAS President Steyn, had started patrols on the coast of West-Africa in November. The situation of the allies in Northern-Angola had deteriorated so much that it was necessary for the South Africans at Ambriz to evacuate the area. As already described, it could not be done by air, and therefore Captain Davis was ordered to pick them up on the coast. The group of 26 comprised of nine officers and 15 men of other ranks as well as two members of the Bureau of State Security.
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