South African Navy Ship SAS Spioenkop (F147) has arrived on a five-day goodwill visit to Kochi on November 14. SAS Spioenkop is a ‘ Valour ‘ class frigate on deployment to promote friendship and intercontinental cooperation. In May this year the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navy conducted the first India, Brazil, South Africa Maritime (IBSAMAR) exercises around Cape Town in South Africa.
Speaking to reporters on board, South African Navy Chief, Rear Admiral M.H. Magalefa has praised the Indian Navy’s recent action against Somali pirates.
Some of the interesting features of SAS Spioenkop and her visit are:
- was built at Blohm+Voss, Hamburg, Germany.
- was commissioned on March 15, 2004 and was handed over to the S.A Navy from the Armscor project office on February 16, 2007.
- ship is commanded by Captain Christopher George Manig.
- gets her name from a battle fought on and around the hill Spioenkop (‘Spy hill’) on the banks of the Tugela Rive, close to the town of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal in January 1900.
- ship has already visited Singapore, China, Malaysia, Vietnam.
- her home port is Simon’s Town in South Africa.
- ship’s details are available at S.A Navy.
- next port of call would be Mauritius.
Here is a photograph of SAS Spioenkop (F147) from South African Navy.
SAS Spioenkop is expected to participate in joint naval exercises with the Indian Navy on November 18 while leaving Kochi.
A video clip on ship’s visit is here.
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