Book marks 25 years of a democratic Navy


The South African Navy (SA Navy) has published a new coffee table style photo book focusing on the Navy’s activities and accomplishments of the past 25 years.

Commemorating 25 Years of Democracy by reflecting on achievements and challenges the organisation had over this period through a campaign termed Project Tshintsha, the celebrations include Admiralty House Garden Concerts, a Fleet Pulling Regatta, updating of the Navy Roll of Honour, opening and renaming of the refurbished Flag Officer Fleet Headquarters building and the book project.

Speaking at the launch of the book at Naval Base Simon’s Town on 19 September 19, Chief of the Navy Vice-Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane noted much has happened since 1994 and “to cram 25 years of history into 230 pages is easier said than done.”

Compiled by Commander Leon Steyn of the South African Naval Museum with design and layout by Chief Petty Officer Martin Venter, the glossy 21 chapter book strikes a fine balance between the written word and visual images. The focus is on the people of the Navy, the ships, operations, exercises and milestones achieved.

In the words of Hlongwane: “It is hoped readers will recognise themselves in the book in some way or another.”

Contributing authors who provided research and writing towards this project include Professor André Wessels, Calvin Manganyi and Dean Wingrin.

The book is available at the South African Naval Museum in Simon’s Town.