HMS Sceptre visits Simon's Town
Written by defenceWeb , Wednesday, 07 April 2010
Visits by nuclear-powered vessels are no longer uncommon. The Sceptre's visit follows that by US Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751) in November last year. The Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) docked in Cape Town for a few days in January last year while the the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt visited Cape Town in October 2008.
The NNR says it is satisfied that the application received complies “with all aspects of the regulatory requirements in terms of the section 21 of the National Nuclear Regulator Act. Furthermore, the NNR wishes to reassure all stakeholders concerned that it will conduct environmental sampling before the arrival of the vessel, during berth in the harbour, and after the vessel has left. We do this to ensure that there are no adverse radiological impacts to the Simon's Town environment due to the HMS Sceptre's visit.”
The Sceptre was built by Vickers in Barrow-in-Furness, Scotland and was commissioned on February 14 1978. The wikipedia notes she was the tenth nuclear fleet submarine to enter service with the Royal Navy. At present she is currently the oldest commissioned vessel in the Royal Navy still in active service and is to be decommissioned in December. She will be replaced by HMS Astute, the BAE Systems-built lead Astute class submarine.
The online Digital Journal reports the boat was initially expected to be in Simon’s Town from March 18. She will ow depart port April 16. The SA Navy told the Digital Journal in an earlier interview that the Sceptre had been delayed by “operational requirements” but did not elaborate. But British newspapers claim the submarine had been patrolling off the Falkland Islands near South America because of renewed tensions between the United Kingdom and Argentina.
The UK’s Mail Online said the row erupted when a British oil-rig, the Ocean Guardian, which had been towed from Scotland, was reported to have found oil off the islands. The Mail said the HMS Sceptre was sent to “boost security” in the area and counter any possible sea borne threat from Argentina. British authorities did not comment on the whereabouts of the Sceptre. The row has died down since reports came in that the oil was low-grade.
Top stories this week
South Tyrolean Tetra network for civil protection organisations to be expanded
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 22 January 2015
The Tetra network in South Tyrol, Italy, will replace over 40 analogue communications systems currently used by the civil protection organisations.
Driving change, diversity in the maritime world
by Nautic Africa, 22 January 2015
The perception of the maritime industry as a male-dominated industry is set to change, says Nautic Africa.
Airbus Defence and Space to build Tetra radio system for Lebanese security forces
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 21 January 2015
The company was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Interior of Lebanon for a Terrestrial Trunked Radio communication system.
Saab, Damen team up for Walrus future submarine replacement programme
by Saab, 20 January 2015
The companies will work together in pursuit of the potential Walrus-class submarine replacement programme for the Netherlands.
EUNAVFOR, CMF, NATO confirmed to speak at African Maritime Security Summit
by IQPC, 19 January 2015
The EU Naval Force's Operation, NATO's Ocean Shield and the Combined Maritime Forces' representatives will attend the summit next month.
Operator of Finnish nationwide Tetra network VIRVE once again relies on Airbus Defence and Space
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 15 December 2014
Finland continues to invest in Tetra technology to guarantee users uninterrupted network performance and quality of service.