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Progress being made in fixing SA Navy – Lobese

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Submarine and frigate refits, new inshore patrol vessels and a new hydrographic survey vessel are some of the markers of progress the SA Navy...

Another major milestone for Africa’s only submarine museum

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Nearly eight years since it closed to visitors, South Africa’s renowned submarine museum is being brought ashore thanks to two specially constructed cradles from...

SA Navy prioritises gender mainstreaming

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While significant strides have been made to ensure that women occupy leadership positions in the South African Navy, much more must be done to...

SA Navy submarine SAS Manthatisi’s presence off the Cape explained

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The woes that the suffering South African Navy continues to have to endure make for depressing reading. So to see one of her capital...

Civil unrest, COVID-19 and natural disaster delay delivery of new Navy...

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Floods, civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic have substantially delayed the South African Navy’s Project Biro (for multi-mission inshore patrol vessels) and Project Hotel...

Only one of SA Navy’s four frigates operational; no submarines serviceable

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The majority of the South African Navy’s primary combat vessels are not operational, with the frigate SAS Mendi’s seaworthiness prioritised for Armed Forces Day...

Second SA Navy MMIPV ready for launch

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town will soon launch the second multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) for the South African Navy (SAN), with handover next year...

First Project Biro vessel to be handed over next month

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The first multi-mission offshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) being acquired for the South African Navy is currently undergoing sea trials and will be handed over...

Reports of SA Navy frigate firing a cannon round into Simons...

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Weekend reports of a South African Navy (SAN) frigate accidentally or mistakenly firing a 76 mm cannon round into the mountains above Simons Town...

No midlife refits coming anytime soon for SAN frigates and submarines

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National Treasury has stated that there is little scope for additional funding for the mid-life refit of the South African Navy’s frigates and submarines,...

SA Navy fails to meet sea hours target as budget cuts...

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The South African Navy (SAN) did not reach its sea hours target for the 2020/21 financial year, with reduced funding and subsequent lack of...

Refit of SA Navy frigates and submarines stalled by lack of...

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The South African Navy does not have enough funds to refit the majority of its frigates and submarines and combined with underfunding of maintenance,...

Funding sufficient for Projects Hotel and Biro to be completed

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The Department of Defence (DoD) has reprioritised funding to ensure sufficient money is available to honour the full acquisition of inshore patrol vessels and...

Damen Shipyards Cape Town launches first SA Navy Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol...

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has launched the first of three Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN), ordered...

DSCT, SA Navy hold blessing ceremony for first new inshore patrol...

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) and the South African Navy (SAN) have held a blessing ceremony for the first of three new multi-mission inshore...

SAN working days at sea exceed force prep ones

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The maritime defence programme of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is executed by the SA Navy (SAN) using 15 platforms ranging from built-for-purpose...

Five maritime patrols this year under Operation Corona

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The South Africa Navy plans to carry out five maritime patrols during the current financial year under the border safeguarding Operation Corona. This is according...

Ramaphosa signs hydrographic bill into law

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law legislation that will improve the safety of navigation in South Africa’s territorial waters, with the Hydrographic Act...

Sandock Austral Shipyards making progress with Project Hotel

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Sandock Austral Shipyards, previously known as Southern African Shipyards, is moving swiftly ahead with the construction of the South African Navy’s new hydrographic survey...

Operation Copper extension to cost R154 million

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The extension of the Operation Copper maritime patrol mission in the Mozambique Channel for another year will cost the South African National Defence Force...

ISS: COVID-19 makes SA’s maritime strategy more complex and more urgent

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The long-term consequences of COVID-19 will make already difficult decisions about South Africa’s maritime security even more complex. A well-managed maritime sector is key...

SA Air Force and Navy support COVID-19 lockdown efforts

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) and the SA Navy (SAN) are playing a vital role in assisting the efforts to combat and contain...

Sea Phase of international naval exercise commences

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The inaugural multinational maritime exercise Mosi, hosted by South Africa with participation from Russia and China, has commenced its sea phase. The alongside phase commenced...

SA Navy highlights achievements, upcoming events during portfolio visit

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The South Africa Navy has highlighted recent achievements and upcoming events, including a naval exercise with Russia and China, during an oversight visit by...

Navy names Naval Base HQ Building after retired Naval Chief

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The South African Navy (SAN) has named its newly refurbished Flag Officer Commanding Headquarters building in the East Dockyard of Naval Base Simon’s Town...

SA Navy celebrates democracy with fleet review

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2019 marks 25 years since South Africans went to the polls in the country’s first democratic elections and the South African Navy (SA Navy)...

Defence budget sinks Navy

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Chief of the South African Navy (SAN), Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, has told Parliament that if the Navy does not get a budget that...

SA Navy falling behind other African states

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The South African Navy (SAN) is falling behind many other African countries when it comes to new naval acquisitions, with the Navy on a...

SA Navy pleads for financial assistance to protect SA’s blue water...

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The maintenance and support of the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) frigates and submarines is becoming increasingly challenged due to budget cuts and suffers from...

SA Navy hosts Sea Cadets

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The South African Navy (SAN) has hosted 19 Sea Cadets at a leadership camp for Sea Cadets from across the country. The Navy said the...

The South African Navy’s ‘darkest hour’ is not recognised and not...

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Here’s a question for many, in what action did the South African Navy (SAN) experience its greatest single loss of personnel, the largest sacrifice...

Submarine Support Documentation Evolves

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In much the same way that maintenance is critical for flight safety on aircraft, effective maintenance on submarines is also an essential safety activity...

Damen Lays Keel for Navy’s first IPV

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has ceremonially laid the keel for the South African Navy’s first of class Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel (MMIPV)...

Minor damage in SA Navy vessel collision

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Two South African Navy (SAN) vessels sustained minor damage when they were involved in a minor collision last week. The SA Navy confirmed that there...

SAS to cut steel for Project Hotel vessel this week

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Durban-based Southern African Shipyards (SAS) will on Friday 30 November cut steel for the South African Navy's new hydrographic survey vessel, which...

Steel to be cut on Project Hotel vessel this year

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Durban-based Southern African Shipyards (SAS) aims to cut steel on the new hydrographic survey vessel for the South African Navy (SAN) in...

Exercise Atlasur scheduled for August/September

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Exercise Atlasur XI between South Africa, Brazil and Uruguay will take place in August and September this year, the South African National...

Reserve Force Council chairperson visits sea cadets at TS Woltemade

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Major General (Rtd) Keith Mokoape, Chairperson of the Reserve Force Council (RFC), recently paid an impromptu visit to the Sea Cadets at...

Navy looks backwards for future acquisitions

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With the SA Navy facing budget and other challenges, it is looking back at past acquisition strategies to see what lessons can...

Navy, Defence acknowledges it is in danger of sinking

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The operational future of the South African Navy (SA Navy) is in question as it struggles against an internal enemy: how to...

Armscor finally orders inshore patrol vessels for SA Navy

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State defence acquisition agency Armscor has placed an order for three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) from Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) under...

South Africa boosts naval capabilities but can it afford an expansion?

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In February 2017, South Africa announced the preferred bidders for two of the largest naval programmes in Africa, with the South African...

Navy cancels popular Navy Festival

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The South African Navy (SA Navy) has cancelled the 2018 edition of the annual Navy Festival which was due to have been...

Armscor seeking submarine spares for SA Navy

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After issuing a tender for torpedoes, Armscor is now looking to acquire spares for the South African Navy's submarine fleet as part...

SA Navy sails new riverine patrol boat through Knysna Heads

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The South African Navy said it sailed a riverine patrol boat (RPB) through the Knysna Heads for the first time, as part...

Armscor holds bidders meeting for frigate waterjet study

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Armscor recently held a bidders' conference on the functional study for the improvement of the waterjet propulsion system on the South African...

Armscor seeking inflatable body armour for the SA Navy

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Armscor is looking to acquire inflatable body armour for the South African Navy, and on 1 June issued a tender for approximately...

Waterjets a focus area of Project Syne frigate upgrade

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One of the items on the South African Navy's four Valour class frigates that will receive attention during Project Syne, for their...

More details emerge on SA Navy’s new riverine patrol boats

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More details have emerged on the South African Navy's new 12 metre riverine patrol boats, which were displayed at the recent Rand...

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