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Third SA Navy MMIPV to be christened on Friday

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) and the SA Navy (SAN) will christen the latest addition to the fleet – multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV)...

Manthatisi BOI at review stage

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The SA Navy (SAN) appointed board of inquiry (BOI) into the September incident resulting in three deaths when a training exercise involving a submarine...

SA Navy in intensive care – Lobese

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First port of call for Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thabang Makwetla in 2024 was SA Navy (SAN) Headquarters, continuing a schedule of...

SA Special Forces Association also part of submarine museum project

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In a move sure to be welcomed by those behind the submarine museum project, the SA Special Forces Association (SASFA) will appeal for donations...

Exercise Good Hope VIII underway

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The eighth edition of Exercise Good Hope, between the South African and German Navies, has commenced off South Africa’s West Coast, although on a...

Saldanha graduation parade for youth leadership recruits

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Being the smallest combat service in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) does not mean the SA Navy (SAN) shirks its duties to government's...

Op Corona tasking will see navy patrol eastern SA coastline

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The SA Navy (SAN) is going to sea in March with an offshore patrol deployment planned for the Kosi Bay/Mozambique coastline. The tasking was made...

SAS Manthatisi Board of Inquiry extended

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The four-man board of inquiry (BOI) investigating the submarine incident that left three sailors dead in September has been granted an extension of time...

Second SA Navy MMIPV to be named on Friday

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The second SA Navy (SAN) multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) built in South Africa will, the shipbuilders have it, be named in a ceremony...

SA and Netherlands to co-operate on naval history

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Last week’s high level discussions, including a letter of intent at national defence level, in Pretoria between The Netherlands and South Africa saw a...

SAN adds qualified technical and trade staff to personnel strength

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The efforts of naval technical personnel, ably assisted by qualified instructors, saw 31 SA Navy (SAN) sailors rewarded with technical degrees and trade qualifications...

Second SA Navy inshore patrol vessel on track for month-end handover

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The South African Navy (SAN) will at the end of this month commission into service its second multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) as part...

“Procurement challenges” and “lack of capacity” keep SA Navy in harbour

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That the SA Navy (SAN) needs to rebuild is borne out by the hours at sea recorded by the maritime service of the SA...

SA, Indian navy personnel train together

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Joint training with the Indian Navy saw the South Africa Navy (SAN) frigate SAS Mendi (F148) utilised for at least eight different evolutions in...

Naval College Open Day

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The SA Navy (SAN) is certainly putting its best foot forward this month (September) for South Africans to see what it is and does. First...
Admirals meet n Pretoria, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese and PLAN CoS, Vice Admiral Hu Zhongming.

PLAN CoS meets CSAN

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Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Hu Zhongming, has paid a courtesy call to SA Navy (SAN) Chief at...

Navy back on show with a mini festival

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“The Peoples’ Navy” will strut its stuff for South Africans again, albeit on a smaller scale than the Navy Festival staged at Naval Base...

Immortelle – one of the SAN predecessor’s first three ships

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The imminent departure of the name SAS Immortelle from the SA Navy (SAN) roster of shore facilities signals the end of an important part...

Farewell, SAS Immortelle

SAS Immortelle, SA Navy (SAN) headquarters base in Pretoria for the past 46 years, is set to disappear. The base on the southern side of...

SAN Chief paints encouraging picture for Navy future

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South Africa’s senior sailor, SA Navy (SAN) Chief, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, told those he commands the maritime service is improving with “a number...

New SAN hydrographic vessel “on track”

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SAS Nelson Mandela (A187), the new SA Navy (SAN) hydrographic survey vessel (HSV), is “on track” with hull construction complete. She is the major component...

SAN platforms in line for maintenance, repairs

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The stated aim of SA Navy (SAN) Chief, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, is to put ships back at sea. Part of reaching this ambitious...

MSD recruits shown the ropes ahead of reporting for duty

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Recruitment for next year’s SA National Defence Force (SANDF) military skills development intake closed six months ago with follow-up evaluation and interviews to ensure...

SAS King Shaka – MMIPV number two – busy with sea...

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The seagoing component of the SA Navy's Project Biro is approaching the 66% completion mark with the second multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) working...

Navy to mark World Hydrography Day in Gqeberha

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The SA Navy (SAN) is rolling out the maritime equivalent of the red carpet in Gqeberha this week as its contribution to World Hydrography...

Seven hundred plus turn up trying for 30 Navy diver posts

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More than 700 hopefuls turned up for the SA Navy’s national diver recruitment effort last month (May) with 50 recommended for the next stage...

This year is a “turning point” for the SA Navy –...

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Chief of the SA Navy (SAN), Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, believes the 2023/24 financial year will be a turning point for the Navy as...

SA Navy looking for divers – nationally

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Divers are an important and often unseen component of naval operations and the SA Navy (SAN) is visiting all nine of South Africa’s provinces...

SA Naval Museum 30 years on

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The SA Naval Museum this year marks its 30th anniversary with its origins going back 57 years to 1966 when a naval historical collection...

Progress on submarine annex to Naval Museum

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The latest addition to Simon’s Town’s naval infrastructure – a dedicated submarine annex to the SA Naval Museum – is moving slow ahead with...

Senior SANDF appointments and promotions announced

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Four major generals have been added to the senior ranks of the SA Air Force (SAAF) and SA Military Health Service (SAMHS), including a...

SAN to set up shop in Richards Bay

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South Africa’s eastern seaboard features prominently in the future of the SA Navy (SAN) with a new base in the offing at the port...

Forward movement for SAN submarine museum

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Slow and steady wins the race is the mantra of those working to create a permanent home for the last remaining Daphne submersible in...

Exercise Mosi II a cause for concern

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Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow defence and military veteran minister Kobus Marais is diplomatic in his choice of words to describe the upcoming...

Did Lady R offload ammunition in Simon’s Town?

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The Russian cargo vessel Lady R is long gone – currently at anchor off Beira in Mozambique - with unanswered questions about her docking...

All systems go for Ex Mosi ll

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South Africa’s east coast between Durban and Richards Bay is set to be a hive of naval activity for 10 days in February when...

New Navy hydrographic vessel to be named SAS Nelson Mandela

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The replacement for long-serving hydrographic survey vessel (HSV) SAS Protea (A324) has a ship’s name to go with her pennant number A187. When she is...

Ex Mosi II to coincide with Armed Forces Day 2023

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Armed Forces Day (AFD) next year will have a distinctly naval flavour with the event set down for northern KwaZulu-Natal port city Richards Bay...

Why the Navy misses its sea hours target

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise maintains there are five reasons why the SA Navy (SAN) cannot meet its annual sea hours target...

Modise still mum on Lady R

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The “deafening silence” around Lady R and her seemingly secret stop in Naval Base (NB) Simon’s Town’s harbour serves only to raise suspicions Democratic...

Navy intends to expand utilisation of Cuban repair teams

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Recently retired Chief of the SA Navy (SAN) Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane says the maritime service intends expanding utilisation of the “Project Thusano” Cuban...

SANDF sharp end maintenance done “on demand”

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise says maintenance of military equipment used by the combat services of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Mysterious Russian cargo ship Lady R exits Simon’s Town

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The furtive arrival of Russian cargo vessel Lady R in Simon’s Town earlier this week was nowhere near in the same class as her...

Bravo Zulu for Ex Oxide

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Exercise Oxide 2022 has run its course with satisfaction expressed on the serials, ranging from Casevac to VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure), executed...

New CNavy won’t allow budgetary constraints to interfere with operations

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“Budgetary constraints” will not stand in the way of the SA Navy (SAN) when it comes to executing its mandate of providing prepared and...

New MMIPV in exercise points to possible non-availability of other platforms

The deployment of a new platform busy with operational testing and evaluation (OTE) for a naval exercise, while unusual should not raise eyebrows, is...

Lobese confirmed as new SA Navy Chief

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As of today (1 November) the SA Navy (SAN) has a permanent chief in the form of Rear Admiral Monde Lobese, confirmed by a...

Majority of SAN sea hours go to force employment

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Force employment for the maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was a commendable 78% of allocated sea hours in the 2021/22...

SAS Saldanha hosts SAN MSD passing out parade

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Last week the SA Navy (SAN) was the fourth SA National Defence Force (SANDF) branch of service to host its Military Skills Development (MSD)...

No funds for SAN midlife upgrades doesn’t stop issue of a...

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A Request for Information (RfI) is a long way from a tender being awarded and work starting. This seemingly isn’t of concern to Armscor,...

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