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SAN Chief attends Indian Navy Exercise Milan

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An SA Navy (SAN) delegation headed by Vice Admiral Monde Lobese was in the Indian city Visakhapatnam this month (February) participating in and observing...

Exercise Good Hope VIII strengthens South African-German maritime cooperation

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Exercise Good Hope VIII, the latest instalment of the bi-national maritime exercise between the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the German Navy,...

VBSS drills a key part of Exercise Good Hope VIII

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One of the highlights of the first week of the Good Hope VIII exercise between the South African and German navies saw visit, board,...

SA Navy Chief visits Egyptian counterpart

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The Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has met his Egyptian counterpart during a visit to the North African nation. Lobese was...

Meet Zanele Mhlongo: SA Navy’s first ever female Non-Commissioned MEOCC holder

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Being the first female Non-Commissioned Officer to attain a Marine Engineering Officer Charge Certificate (MEOCC) in the South African Navy is not an easy...

SA Navy to host Sea Power for Africa Symposium and send...

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In pursuit of international partnerships and collaboration, the South African Navy will next year host the Sea Power for Africa Symposium, and send a...

Lobese pleads for the underfunding of the SA Navy to stop

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Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has begged government to stop underfunding the service as its ability to protect South Africa’s...

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...

SA Navy Submarine Officer Commanding Course begins

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The latest Submarine Officer Commanding Course of the South African Navy began last month, giving submariners the skills and knowledge to fill new roles...

SA Navy looking to replace SAS Drakensberg

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The South African Navy will soon start a project to replace its combat support vessel SAS Drakensberg, which is nearly 40 years old and...

SA Navy MMIPV project has supported over 1 000 jobs

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The construction of three new multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPVs) for the South African Navy has created over 1 000 direct jobs at shipbuilder...

Lobese grateful for efficient new inshore patrol vessels, but says more...

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Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has expressed gratitude that the Navy is receiving new inshore patrol vessels, which are...

SA Navy receives second patrol vessel SAS King Shaka Zulu

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The Chief of the South African Navy and King of the Zulu nation were among the dignitaries present in Durban on Friday for the...

South Africa has one of the strongest navies in Africa: its...

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The deaths of three members of the South African Navy (SA Navy) on 20 September 2023, when a freak wave swept them off the...

SA Navy holds memorial service for fallen submariners

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Family, colleagues and friends gathered at a moving commemoration service at the Wynberg Military Base Sports Complex in Cape Town on Wednesday to honour...

Board of inquiry for SAN submarine disaster coming

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The South African Navy will next month institute a board of inquiry (BOI) into the SAS Manthatisi accident that claimed the lives of three...

Mini Navy Festival in Cape Town cancelled – SANDF Freedom of...

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The SA Navy (SAN) has cancelled its mini-festival set for Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront this weekend in the wake of the tragic submarine accident...

SA Navy chief mourns those lost in submarine tragedy, including pioneering...

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The Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, is heartbroken and devastated by the deaths of three submariners who passed away...

Three SA Navy submariners dead after fatal incident at sea

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Three South African Navy (SAN) submariners died after they were washed off the deck of the submarine SAS Manthatisi (S101) off Kommetjie in the...

Damen patrol vessels in Cape Town

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It cannot have escaped the notice of the casual maritime observer that Cape Town is the home of one of the World’s largest, and...

Indian Navy patrol vessel visits South Africa

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The Indian Navy’s warship INS Sunayna has paid a port visit to Durban, months after another Indian Navy visit to KwaZulu-Natal. INS Sunayna was in...

South Africa and Germany aiming to hold long-delayed naval exercise in...

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South Africa and Germany will next year hold the eighth iteration of the Good Hope naval exercise, after a six-year hiatus compounded by the...

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 Chief visits Russia, promotes BRICS alliance

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Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has visited Russia for the country’s annual Navy Day event in St Petersburg. Navy chiefs...

SA Navy chief pledges ship visit to China

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The South African Navy (SAN) is undergoing a rebuilding and maintenance phase to get its vessels out to sea and once this is completed,...

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...

SANDF attends border security symposium

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A senior South African National Defence Force (SANDF) delegation was among 200 attendees at last week’s Border Security Week event in Cape Town. The border...

SA Navy tours Portuguese submarine and patrol vessel

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Members of the South African Navy (SAN), including Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral Musawenkosi Nkomonde, have toured the Portuguese Navy’s submarine NRP Arpao and...

SA Navy Chief refutes and clarifies SAS Drakensberg allegations

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Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has refuted “spurious” allegations made against him alleging his involvement in the awarding of...

Grimms looking to continue partnering with SA Navy on vessel maintenance

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Having recently installed the largest engine dynamometer in South Africa for testing marine and other large diesel engines, the Grimms Group is looking to...

Modise wants larger vessels in service after Biro deliveries completed

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Defence Minister Thandi Modise said that her Department of Defence (DoD) will lobby for the acquisition of larger warships once the three multi-mission inshore...

SA Navy frigate and submarine refits less than half funded

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The cost of the refits for the South African Navy’s blue water platforms – its Valour Class Meko frigates and Heroine Class Type 209...

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...

R1.4 billion allocated for SA Navy submarine and frigate refit

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National Treasury has allocated nearly one and a half billion rand to the South African Navy for the refit of one of its three...

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...

SANDF declined exercises with US, but proceeding with Russia and China

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been offered opportunities to carry out naval exercises with the United States, but declined, and is...

New Navy chief aims to get ships back to sea

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Vice Admiral Monde Lobese knows he has a tough mission ahead of him, having only been appointed Chief of the South African Navy on...

Retiring Navy Chief sounds alarm

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After eight long and challenging years, outgoing Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, sounded a warning to politicians to ensure...

Project Hotel survey vessel delivery delayed

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The delivery of the South African Navy’s new Hydrographic Survey Vessel (HSV) under Project Hotel has been delayed as a result of the Covid-19...

SA Navy receives Nigerian Army College delegation

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A delegation from Nigeria’s Army War College is visiting the South African Navy as part of a study tour to South Africa. Commander Ruwayda Grootboom...

SA Navy celebrates SAS Protea’s 50th birthday

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On 23 May, the South African Navy (SAN) celebrated a remarkable achievement when its hydrographic survey vessel SAS Protea turned fifty. This is the...

SAS Spioenkop returns home from Mozambique

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The South African Navy's frigate SAS Spioenkop (F147) is currently steaming home after an Operation Vikela deployment off Mozambique and once back in South...

OSI’s INTS passes sea acceptance test for SA Navy’s new inshore...

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The Integrated Navigation & Tactical System (INTS) being supplied by OSI Maritime Systems for the South African Navy’s new multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPVs)...

First Multi-Mission patrol vessel handed over to the SA Navy

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The first of three new multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPVs) built under Project Biro was handed over to the South African Navy (SAN) on...

South African Navy officers welcomed at Indian maritime information centre

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Two Liaison Officers from the South African Navy (SAN) were recently welcomed at India’s strategic Information Fusion Centre - Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR), located...

South African Navy trainees conclude sail training course in India

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Four trainee officers from the South African Navy recently completed a three-week sail training course at the Indian Navy’s Ocean Sailing Node (OSN) at...

Africa should reconsider and reprioritise national and maritime security

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Given the current conflict in Europe, Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Samuel Hlongwane, says that Africa and African militaries should reconsider...

Project Hotel survey vessel to be delivered in 2023

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Sandock Austral Shipyards will deliver the South African Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel (HSV) in April next year as part of the larger Project...

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...

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