South African Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships

Auxiliaries and Other Ships

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Replenishment / Resupply

SAS DrakensbergA-301 (1987) LOA 482′ TDISP 12,500 tons. Largest warship to be built in South Africa

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SAS Drakensberg A-301, ca. 1994 Credit: Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

SAS Drakensberg A-301 Simon's Town 2015

SAS Outeniqua A-302 (1992-2004) LOA 546′ TDISP 21,025 tons. Built in the Ukraine. Commercial service before and after South African naval service. Ice-breaking capability. Scrapped 2013.

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SAS Outeniqua A-302 ca. 1994 Credit: Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

SAS Outeniqua A-302 Simon's Town 2016

Hydrographic Survey

SAS Protea A-324 (1972) Hecla class Yarrow-built LOA 260′ TDISP 2,750 tons. Originally there were 4 other Royal Navy sister-ships.

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HMS Herald, sister ship of SAS Protea, ca. 1980 at Portsmouth, UK. Credit: Hugh Llewelyn from Keynsham, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Boom Defence Ship

SAS Somerset, HMSAS Somerset, (1951-1986) LOA 150′ TDISP 950 tons. formerly HMS Barcross (1941-1943) and HMSAS Somerset (1943-1951) Museum ship at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, since 1988. Reportedly the last boom defence vessel remaining. See Royal Australian Navy pages for a wrecked sistership.

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HMS Barcross ca. 1943. Credit: Not stated in Source, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

SAS Somerset HMS Barcross Cape Town 2010