List of active South African Navy ships
List of active ships of the South African Navy.
The South African Navy purchased three new Type 209/T.1400 class submarines (SSK) submarines to replace its decommissioned Daphné class submarines. As of 12 November 2018 three vessels are in commission.
|Heroine Class||SAS Manthatisi||S101||7 April 2006||Built by Howaldtswerke at Kiel. Launched in June 2004. Named after the female warrior chief of the Batlokwa tribe.|
|Heroine Class||SAS Charlotte Maxeke||S102||14 March 2007||Built by Thyssen Nordseewerke in Emden. Launched in May 2005. Arrived Simon's Town 27 April 2007. Charlotte Maxeke is named after the female political activist who campaigned for equality in the early 20th century.|
|Heroine Class||SAS Queen Modjadji||S103||May 2008||Built by Thyssen Nordseewerke in Emden. Launched in May 2006. Named after the South African rain queen.|
|Valour Class||SAS Amatola (F145)||F145||2005||Named after the location of the battles between the Xhosa people and Britain in the Amatola mountain range|
|Valour Class||SAS Isandlwana (F146)||F146||2006||Named for the Battle of Isandlwana|
|Valour Class||SAS Spioenkop (F147)||F147||2007||Named for the Battle of Spion Kop|
|Valour Class||SAS Mendi (F148)||F148||2007||Named for the SS Mendi, a ship that sunk carrying members of the 5th Battalion, South African Native Labour Corps|
Fast attack craft (Offshore Patrol Vessel)
Warrior (ex Minister) class Fast Attack Craft (Missile) (FAC (M)): Modified (Sa'ar 4) (Israeli design). As of 14 January 2018 two remain in commission. They have had their missiles and rear 76 mm guns removed and reassigned to the offshore patrol role until the acquisition of new off-shore patrol vessels under Project Biro. As of late 2013 it appears that the SAN plan on operating 4 of these vessels for another 5 years with the SAS Adam Kok still awaiting conversion to the OPV configuration.
|Warrior Class||SAS Isaac Dyobha||SAS Frans Erasmus||P1565||16 Mar 1979||Named for former National Party cabinet minister Frans Erasmus; renamed after the Reverend Isaac Dyobha, a chaplain in the SA Native Labour Corps who died in the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917|
|Warrior Class||SAS Galeshewe||SAS Hendrik Mentz||P1567||11 Feb 1983||Named for South African Party minister of defence Hendrik Mentz; renamed for the Tlhaping tribe's chief Galeshewe|
Mine counter measures vessels
These mine countermeasure vessels were ordered in 1978 as research vessels to be operated by the Navy for the Department of Transport. The civilian Department of Transport was used as a ruse to circumvent United Nations Security Council Resolution 418. The lead ship, Navors I, was shipped to Durban from Germany in the heavy lift ship Uhenfels in June 1980 for fitting out. She was shortly followed by the second. The last pair were built in Durban. The German boats were built by Abeking & Rasmussen and Sandock Austral in South Africa. The vessels were painted blue with white upperworks and formed the First Research Squadron. They were painted grey and renamed in 1982, but continued to fly the national flag and not the naval ensign. The prefix RV was only changed to SAS on 3 February 1988 when they were formally accepted as naval ships. Their minehunting capability could be enhanced by substituting the diving container on the after deck with lightweight mechanical and acoustic sweeping gear. They carry a RIB and a decompression chamber. The plan is to enhance them with second-generation minehunting system. As of 14 January 2018 two vessels are in commission.
|River Class||SAS Umkomaas||RV Navors I||M1499||1981||Named after the river Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal|
|River Class||SAS Umzimkulu||RV Navors III||M1142||1981||Named after Umzimkulu River|
Inshore patrol vessels
These boats are twin hulled catamarans of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) sandwich construction. Capable of carrying up to 15 personnel. Ordered in mid-1991, each carries a RIB in the stern well. Three of this type were also built for Israel in 1997. As 14 January 2018 three vessels are in commission.
|Damen Stan patrol vessel||TBD||P1571||2019||On order, Project Biro|
|Damen Stan patrol vessel||TBD||P1572||2019||On order, Project Biro|
|Damen Stan patrol vessel||TBD||P1573||2019||On order, Project Biro|
|T-Craft Class||SAS Tobie||P1552||1992|
|T-Craft Class||SAS Tern||P1553||1996|
|T-Craft Class||SAS Tekwane||P1554||1996||Named for Tekwane, South Africa|
Harbour patrol boats
|Namacurra Class||26 ships||1981–1982||Built in South Africa by Tornado Products in 1980-81.|
Y1520 transferred to Malawi on 29 October 1988
Two transferred to Namibia in 2002.
Two transferred to Mozambique in September 2004.
Y1506 lost at sea off Port Elizabeth.
|AOR||SAS Drakensberg||A301||11 November 1987||Built by Sandock Austral, Durban. Fleet Replenishment Ship (AOR). Carries at least one Atlas Oryx helicopter.|
|Hecla Class||SAS Protea||A324||1972||Built by Yarrow & Co Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland. Survey Ship. Launched 1971. Has a helideck and a hangar for a light helicopter.|
|Damen ATD 2909 Coastal Tug||Imvubu (Hippo in Zulu)||2015||Build by Damen Shipyard Cape Town, based on proven Royal Navy Design - SERCO|
|Damen ATD2909 Coastal Tug||Inyathi||2016||Build by Damen Shipyard Cape Town, based on proven Royal Navy Design - SERCO|
|Harbour Tug||SAS Umalusi||Golden Energy||1998||Completed in 1995 by Jaya Holding Ltd. Acquired from Taikong Trading Company in January 1997|
|Damen Stan Tug 2006 Harbour Tug||ZTRF Indlovu||2006||Built by Farocean Marine to a design from Dutch firm Damen Group—the vessels have special bows for handling the Navy's submarines.|
|Damen Stan Tug 2006 Harbour Tug||ZTTS Tschukundu||2006||Built by Farocean Marine to a design from Dutch firm Damen Group—the vessels have special bows for handling the Navy's submarines.|
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Two Damen Stan Tugs 2006, further developed in close cooperation with Farocean Marine, will be used in Simon’s Town harbour to fulfill their role as multi purpose workboats for the South African Navy. These vessels have a specially designed bow in order to assist the submarines when they touch base.