Deputy defence minister visits Naval Base Durban


Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla, has visited Naval Base Durban (NBD), and was hosted by Southern African Shipyards, which brought him up to speed on the construction of the Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel.

Makwetla paid the visit on 11 October. He was accompanied by the South African Navy’s Chief Director Maritime Strategy, Rear Admiral David M Mkhonto and Director Naval Acquisition, Rear Admiral (JG) A Morris. Flag Officer Commanding Naval Base Durban (FOC NBD), Rear Admiral (JG) Jabulani Mbotho, welcomed the Deputy Minister at Naval Base Durban and introduced the manager of Armscor Dockyard Durban, Trevor Seach, to the Deputy Minister.

Southern African Shipyards took Makwetla on a yard tour where special focus was on the hydrographic survey vessel under construction for SA Navy as part of Project Hotel. The project is the most sophisticated maritime vessel to be built in Africa by a South African company, Southern African Shipyards said. Steel was cut on the vessel in November 2018. It will replace the Navy’s ageing SAS Protea.