Parliamentary Question: SAS MANTHATISI repair work





Mr P.J. Groenewald (FF PLUS) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

1. Why the submarine SAS ‘MANTHATISI S101 is lying in dry dock?
2. Whether repair work is being done to the submarine; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so (a) what type of repair work, (b) what occasioned these repairs, (c) how long will it take, (d) what are the costs expected to amount to?
3. Whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW 1278E

1. SAS ‘MANTHATISI is currently in the Submarine Shed in Administrative Commission. The submarine has been placed in the Submarine Shed to minimise exposure to the elements while its batteries are being subjected to maintenance.
2. The SAS ‘MANTHATISI requires repairs of two defects:

Constructional repair to minor damage to the rear edge of the Starboard Aft Diving Plane caused by contact with the quay. This incident did not prevent the submarine from remaining operational, and the vessel subsequently participated very successfully in the NATO Exercise, Exercise AMAZOLO.

The SAS ‘MANTHATISI is further being prepared to become the first Type 209 Submarine to be overhauled in Simon’s Town Dockyard, thereby establishing such a capability in the SA Navy. This requires in-depth analysis of the work to be conducted and complex planning in terms of the overhaul mechanisms. The other two submarines are being utilised fully for force preparation and employment, and presently provide sufficient sea-hours in order to meet all requirements.