List of decommissioned ships of the South African Navy
The following is a list of decommissioned ships of the South African Navy.
Mine laying and anti-mine vessels
|Hector Class||HMSAS Soetvlei|
|Hector class||HMSAS Brakvlei|
|Hector class||HMSAS Hektor|
|HMSAS Natalia||T02||Returned to owner after war. Fate unknown.||Built in 1925 and converted as minesweeper in 1941|
|HMSAS Whytock||MV Charles Whytock||T07||27 June 1940||9 September 1944||First sold to Wheelocks, Shanghai 28 June 1946. Sale was cancelled after collapse of company was re-sold to Knysna Cold Storage & Fisheries Corp in 1948. Registered as MV Knysna.||Built by Nylands MV, Oslo, Norway in 1924. Requisitioned from Premier Whaling Co. Durban, South Africa. Scuttled off Port Elizabeth on 31 March 1952.|
|HMSAS Langlaagte||MV Southern Sun (1922)
MV Albert Hulett (1936)
|T41||February 1941||21 January 1946||Sold to LHC Corp on 25 June 1946||Built by Smith's Dock & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough. Requisitioned from Union Whaling Co. Durban, South Africa on 8 September 1940.|
|HMSAS Parktown||MV Southern Sky (1929)
MV Sidney Smith (1936)
|T39||February 1941||1942||Sunk in action with E Boats off Tobruk on 21 June 1942.||Built by Smith's Dock & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough. Requisitioned from Union Whaling Co. Durban, South Africa on 8 September 1940.|
|HMSAS Johannesburg||Margarita Molins
MV Suderoy III
|T56||20 August 1942||Laid up in March 1946. Handed over to the Royal Navy for disposal on 17 April 1946.||Built by Porsgrund Mek Verksted, Tonsberg, Norway in 1925. Requisitioned from Suderoy Whaling Company on 3 July 1941.|
|HMSAS Springs||MV Tas I
MV Uni I
|T38||20 March 1941||20 July 1945||Sold by auction back to Union Whaling Company of Durban 7 May 1946||Built by Moss Værft & Dokk, Moss, Norway for the Fraternitas Whaling Company in 1930. Later bought by the Union Whaling Company of Durban, South Africa. Requisitioned in August 1940.|
|HMSAS Nigel||MV Tas II
MV Uni II
|T40||10 March 1941||11 January 1945||Sold by auction to Palestine Fishing Company of Durban 7 May 1946||Built by Moss Værft & Dokk, Moss, Norway for the Fraternitas Whaling Company in 1930. Later bought by the Union whaling Company of Durban, South Africa. Requisitioned in August 1940.|
|HMSAS Germiston||MV Foik (1923)
MV Star VI
MV Tas IV
MV Uni IV (1937)
|T47||22 September 1941||9 September 1944||Sold to private owner 7 May 1946||Built by Akers Shipyards, Oslo, Denmark in 1923. Requisitioned from Union Whaling Company, Durban, South Africa.|
|HMSAS Krugersdorp||MV Alex Lange (1923)
MV Star VII
MV Tas V
MV Uni V (1937).
|T48||21 June 1941||22 August 1944||Sold to private owner 7 May 1946||Built by Akers Shipyards, Oslo, Denmark in 1923. Requisitioned from Union Whaling Company, Durban, South Africa.|
|HMSAS Bever||Hektor 10||10 October 1941||30 November 1944||At Tobruk, while manoeuvring her engines to keep in position, the HMSAS Bever struck a mine with the inevitable result for so small a ship.|
|HMSAS Treern||T94||12 January 1945||Sunk at Volo, Greece by a mine.||A magnetic minesweeper she is given her number T451 and allocated the pennant number 94.|
|Mersey class||HMSAS Immortelle||MV Thomas Johns (1918) and HMS Eden (1920)||1 April 1922||31 March 1934||Returned to RN and reverted to HMS Eden.||Builder: Cochrane & Sons, Selby, Yorkshire, England, 1918.|
|Mersey class||HMSAS Sonneblom||John Edmund (1918) and HMS Foyle (1920)||1 April 1922||31 March 1934||Returned to RN and reverted to HMS Foyle.||Builder: Goole Shipbuilding and Repair Company, Goole, Hampshire, England, 1918.|
|Bluff class||HMSAS Aristea||28 November 1939||27 December 1944||Builder: Hall Russell, Aberdeen, 1935. Requisitioned from Irvin & Johnson.|
|Bluff class||HMSAS Babiana||18 September 1939||27 December 1944||Returned to owner.||Builder: Hall Russell, Aberdeen, 1934. Requisitioned from Irvin & Johnson.|
|Bluff class||HMSAS Bluff||12 September 1939||27 December 1944||Returned to owner.||Builder: Hall Russell, Aberdeen, 1934. Requisitioned from Irvin & Johnson.|
|Bluff class||HMSAS Crassula||17 October 1939||25 October 1944||Returned to owner and scrapped 1968.||Builder: Hall Russell, Aberdeen, 1935. Requisitioned from Irvin & Johnson|
|Disa class||HMSAS Arum||T10||4 November 1939||26 October 1944||Returned to owner||Builder: Hall Russell, Aberdeen, 1926. Requisitioned from Irvin & Johnson.|
|Disa class||HMSAS Disa||T15||5 September 1939||16 June 1940||Returned to owner||Builder: Hall Russell, Aberdeen, 1924. Requisitioned from Irvin & Johnson.|
|Disa Class||HMSAS Nerine||T11||4 November 1939||26 October 1944||Returned to owner.||Builder: Hall Russell, Aberdeen, 1925. Requisitioned from Irvin & Johnson.|
|Castle class||HMSAS Algoa Bay|
|Castle class||HMSAS David Haigh|
|Strath class||HMSAS Richard Bennett|
|Gadfly Class||HMSAS Africana||T501 and later T01||10 September 1939||10 April 1947||Returned to Sea Fisheries||Built by Hall Russell, Aberdeen Scotland (1930). Requisitioned from South African Department of Sea Fisheries.|
|Ton Class||SAS Durban||M1499||Museum ship in Durban|
|Ton Class||SAS East London||HMS Chilton||M1215||Sold to Italian film company|
|Ton Class||SAS Johannesburg||HMS Castleton||M1207|
|Ton Class||SAS Kaapstad||HMS Hazleton
HMS Blue Firefly
|Ton Class||SAS Kimberley||HMS Stratton||M1210|
|Ton Class||SAS Mosselbaai||HMS Oakington||M1213|
|Ton Class||SAS Port Elizabeth||HMS Dumbleton||M1212|
|Ton Class||SAS Pretoria||HMS Dunkerton
HMS Golden Firefly
|Museum ship in Hout Bay|
|Ton Class||SAS Walvisbaai||HMS Packington||M1214||Sold to The Walt Disney Company|
|Ton Class||SAS Windhoek||M1498|
|Algerine Class||SAS Pietermaritzburg||HMS Pelorus J-291)||M291||Scuttled in Smitswinkel Bay|
|Algerine Class||HMSAS Bloemfontein||HMS Rosamund||M439||Expended as target on 5 June 1967 in False Bay|
|Daphne Class||SAS Spear||SAS Maria van Riebeeck||S97||24 Jul 1970 '||2003||Scrapped||Originally named for the wife of Jan van Riebeeck (first Cape Colony commander) Maria van Riebeeck|
|Daphne Class||SAS Umkhonto||SAS Emily Hobhouse||S98||26 Feb 1971||2008||Scrapped||Named for Emily Hobhouse|
|Daphne class||SAS Assegaai||SAS Johanna van der Merwe||S99||27 Aug 1971||Awaiting transfer to Naval Museum||Named for Voortrekker heroine Johanna van der Merwe|
|Agosta Class||SAS Adventurous||Not delivered; sold to Pakistan as PNS Hurmat||Built by Dubigeon-Normandie Nantes, France. Launched 1 December 1978 and completed 18 February 1980. These vessels were ordered from France, but were embargoed (United Nations Security Council Resolution 418 in 1977) on 8 November 1977 with South African crews on board.|
|Agosta Class||SAS Astrant||Not delivered; sold to Pakistan as PNS Hashmat||Built by Dubigeon-Normandie Nantes, France. Launched 14 December 1977 and completed 17 February 1979. These vessels were ordered from France, but were embargoed (United Nations Security Council Resolution 418 in 1977) on 8 November 1977 with South African crews on board.|
Anti-submarine whalers and trawlers
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Blaauwberg|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Cedarberg|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Sydostlandet|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Odberg|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Rondevlei|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Smalvlei|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Tordonn|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Pretoria|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Turffontein|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Vereeniging|
|AS Whaler||HMSAS Standerton|
|Southern class||HMSAS Southern Floe||T26||11 February 1941||Lost near Tobruk 1941|
|Southern class||HMSAS Southern Maid|
|Southern Class||HMSAS Southern Barrier|
|Southern class||HMSAS Southern Isles|
|Southern class||HMSAS Southern Sea|
|Terje class||HMSAS Brakpan||T42||Brakpan may have been sunk by a mine off the coast of Greece.|
|Terje class||HMSAS Protea|
|Terje class||HMSAS Sonneblom|
|Terje class||HMSAS Immortelle|
|AS Trawler||HMSAS Blomvlei|
|AS Trawler||HMSAS Mooivlei|
|River Class||SAS Teviot||HMS Teviot (K222)||10 June 1942||January 1946||Returned to Royal Navy in 1946.||Built by Hall Russell, Aberdeen, Scotland. Sold on 29 March 1955 and broken up for scrap.|
|River Class||HMSAS Swale||HMS Swale (K217)||1 August 1945||March 1946||Returned to Royal Navy in 1946.||Built by Smith's Dock, Middlesbrough and launched in 1942. Sold on 26 February 1955 for scrap.|
|Loch Class||SAS Good Hope||HMS Loch Boisdale (K432)||F432||5 July 1944.||Scuttled in Smitswinkel Bay, 12 December 1978.||Built by Blythe D.D. & Co|
|Loch Class||SAS Natal||HMS Loch Cree (K430)||F430 and then A301||19 June 1944||Sunk as a target off the Cape, 19 September 1972.||Used as a survey ship from 1957.|
|Loch Class||SAS Transvaal||HMS Loch Ard K602||F602||2 August 1944||Scuttled in Smitswinkel Bay 3, August 1978.||Built by Harland & Wolf.|
|Type 15 Anti-Submarine||SAS Vrystaat||HMS Wrangler (R48)||F157||1956||1963||Paid off into reserve.||Sunk as submarine target 14 April 1976.|
||SAS President Pretorius||F145||18 March 1964||1985||Sold for scrap 1990.||Named for the first President of the South African Republic Marthinus Wessel Pretorius|
|President Class||SAS President Kruger||F150||1962||Sunk 1982||Sunk after a collision with SAS Tafelberg on 18 February 1982.||Named for South African Republic President Paul Kruger.|
|President Class||SAS President Steyn||F147||8 April 1963||1980||Used as a target and sunk by missile on 29 April 1991.||Named for last President of the Orange Free State Martinus Theunis Steyn|
|W Class||SAS Jan van Riebeeck||HMS Wessex||D278||1950||Continued in service until 1978 when she was put on the Disposal List. She was finally expended as a missile target on 25 March 1980.||Wessex was transferred to the South African Navy on 29 March 1950 and renamed Jan van Riebeeck after the Dutch founder of Cape Town Jan van Riebeeck. She was modernised with a partial conversion into a frigate between 1964 and 1966.|
|W Class||SAS Simon van der Stel||HMS Whelp||D237||1952||Placed in reserve from 1957, but was modernised as a Type 15 frigate (in common with other destroyers of her generation) from 1962 to 1964, and re-commissioned in February 1964.Simon van der Stel was scrapped in 1976 at Durban.||Sold to South Africa as the replacement for HMSAS Natal (formerly HMS Loch Cree) in 1952. Renamed Simon van der Stel, after the 17th century colonist reputed to be the founder of the South African wine industry. Much of Simon van der Stel′s service was as a "grey ambassador", on good-will visits to Europe and Europe's African colonies, including a 147-day cruise to Europe in 1954. This role, however, declined as South Africa became increasingly isolated during the apartheid years.|
|A69 Class||SAS Good Hope||F432||Vessel was ordered from France, commissioned and South African crew were aboard receiving training when the sale was blocked in 1977. Subsequently, sold to Argentina as ARA Drummond.|
|A69 Class||SAS Transvaal||F602||Vessel was ordered from France, named and crew trained in France. Delivery cancelled due to the arms embargo. Subsequently, sold to Argentina as ARA Guerrico.|
Fast attack craft
||SAS Jan Smuts||P1561||8 July 1977||2004||Scrapped 2004||Built by Israel Shipyards Ltd, Haifa, Israel. Originally named after PM of Union of South Africa Jan Smuts|
|Warrior Class||SAS Shaka||SAS P.W. Botha||P1562||2 December 1977||2005||Sunk as target 2005||Built by Israel Shipyards Ltd, Haifa, Israel. Originally named for former President of South Africa Pieter Willem Botha|
|Warrior Class||SAS Adam Kok||SAS Frederic Creswell||P1563||6 April 1978||Awaiting disposal||Built by Israel Shipyards Ltd, Haifa, Israel. Originally named for South African Labour Party minister Frederic Creswell and renamed for black South African leader Adam Kok III|
|Warrior Class||SAS Sekhukhuni||SAS Jim Fouché||P1564||22 December 1978||2005||Sunk as target 2005||Built by Sandock Austral, Durban, South Africa. Originally named after 2nd President of South Africa Jacobus Johannes Fouché|
|Warrior Class||SAS René Sethren||SAS Oswald Pirow||P1566||4 March 1980||Awaiting disposal||Built by Sandock Austral, Durban, South Africa. Originally named after National Party minister Oswald Pirow and renamed for decorated HMSAS officer René Sethren CGM|
|Warrior Class||SAS Job Masego||SAS Kobie Coetsee||P1568||11 February 1983||2008||Sold for scrap||Built by Sandock Austral, Durban, South Africa. Originally named after National Party politician Kobie Coetsee; renamed after Cpl Job Masego of the Native Military Corps|
Boom defence vessels
|Bar class||SAS Somerset||HMS Barcross, retained the name HMSAS Barcross until 1951. Renamed SAS Somerset 1951||Transferred to S A Navy on 21 January 1943||31 March 1986||Used as a museum ship, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront as from 2 September 1988||Built by Blythe S.B. Co (1942).|
|Bar class||SAS Fleur||HMS Barbrake retained the name HMSAS Barbrake until 1951.
Renamed SAS Fleur 1951
|Transferred to S A Navy on 15 February 1943||Sunk by naval gunfire near Simonstown on 8 October 1965||Built by William Simons & Co, Renfrew, Scotland (1942)|
Seaward defence boats
|Ford Class||SAS Gelderland||HMS Brayford
|P3105||30 August 1954||1988||Stripped and expended as a demolition target off Duiker Point. 21 December 1988||Built by A&J Ingles Ltd, Glasgow. Laid down 1951 and launched 19 February 1952. Transferred to SA Navy 1954.|
|Ford Class||SAS Nautilus||HMS Glassford
|P3120||23 August 1955||17 October 1985||Laid up in Simon's Town. Sold by public tender in 1989 and converted to yacht Nautilus in Cape Town.||Built by Richard Dunston Ltd, Doncaster. Laid down 1952 and launched 28 March 1955. Transferred to SA Navy 1955.|
|Ford Class||SAS Rijger||HMSAS Rijger||P3125||6 October 1958||Paid off at Simon's Town. Converted into a re-usable missile target barge. Approved for disposal 1992||Built for South African Navy by Vosper Ltd, Portsmouth. Laid down 1956 and launched 6 February 1958.|
|Ford Class||SAS Haerlem||HMSAS Haerlem||P3126||2 June 1959||1987||Scuttled off Humewood Beach, Port Elizabeth as artificial reef on 30 November 1987.||Built for South African Navy by Vosper Ltd, Portsmouth. Laid down 1957, launched 18 June 1958 and completed on 28 November 1958.|
|Ford Class||SAS Oosterland||HMSAS Oosterland||P3127||8 September 1959||Paid off at Durban. Converted into a re-usable missile target barge. Sold to private owner in Hout Bay in 1990.||Built for South African Navy by Vosper Ltd, Portsmouth. Laid down 1958, launched 27 January 1959 and completed on 8 September 1959.|
Harbour defence motor launches
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1197||HDML1197||24 July 1943||1966||Sold 1966||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban. Attached to SAS Unitie and later SAS Saldanha. Renamed Windward II after sale.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1198||HDML1198||26 July 1943||1956||Sold||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban. Attached to Salisbury Island.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1199||HDML1199||20 July 1943||Sold 1955||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban. Attached to SAS Inkonkoni until 1948. Used as a ferry on Salisbury Island from 1948 - 1950.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1200||HDML1200||4 August 1943||8 September 1969||Sold||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban. Attached to SAS Donkin. Renamed Venture. after sale to private owner.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1201||HDML1201||6 August 1943||1959||Sold||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban. Attached to Naval Dockyard, Simon's Town.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1202||HDML1202||3 September 1943||1962||Sold 1962||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban. Attached to SAS Port Rex and later SAS Donkin. Damaged in collision in 1959.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1203||HDML1203||22 July 1943||1968||Sold 1968||Built by Herbie Spradbrow, Durban. Attached to SAS Port Rex and later transferred to SAS Inkonkoni.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1204||HDML1204||10 December 1943||1976||Sold 1976||Built by Herbie Spradbrow, Durban. Attached to SAS Robbeneiland. Used as ferry between Cape Town and Murry's Harbour on Robben Island. Transferred to Military Academy, Saldanha in 1971.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1330||HDML1330||23 June 1944||1953||Sold for scrap 1953||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1331||HDML1331||28 June 1944||1952||Sold 1953||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban. Attached to Salisbury Island.|
|HDML 1100-1300 Series||HDML 1332||HDML1332||28 June 1944||1958||Sold 1958||Built by Fred Nicolls, Durban. Attached to SAS Unitie.|
|HMSAS Afrikander||HMS Tickler (1879)
HMS YC229 (1902)
|15 June 1923||Returned to Royal Navy||Builder: Pembroke Dock, England, 1879. Renamed HMS Afrikander II in 1933. Broken up for scrap, Simons Town 1937.|
|SAS Tafelberg||Danish SS Annam||A243||10 August 1967||Sold for scrap||Built by Nakskovs Skibsvaerft, Denmark and completed on 23 October 1958.|
|SAS Outeniqua||Aleksandr Sledzyuk
|A302||8 June 1993||30 July 2004||Sold for conversion to floating accommodation vessel on the River Tyne, UK.||Built by Khersonski Sudnobudivny in Zavod-Kherson, Ukraine, launched 6 September 1991 as Alexander Sledzuk. After 12 months charter service renamed as Juvent. Purchased on behalf of the SA Navy on February 26, 1993 as replacement for SAS Tafelberg. In 1994 modifications to hangar, flight deck, replenishment at sea equipment and the fitting of light armament were done to permit conversion to combat support vessel. Sold to Mertech Marine (Pty) Ltd and renamed Paardeburg. Sold again in 2006 to C&M Gp. and became Ice Maiden I in 2007.|
Air-sea rescue launches
|Type 1 HSL||R0||HMS Malmok||R0||1940||1946||Sold after having her engines removed.||Built by British Power Boat Company, Hythe, Southampton.|
|PT boat||R1 to R8||R1 to R8||1941||R1, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 sold 1946-8.
R2 sold in 1950s.
R4 sold in 1960s.
|Built by Miami Shipbuilding Corporation, Florida, USA.|
|PT boat||R10 to R20||R10 to R20||1944||R10 broken up in 1946 after grounding.
R12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 sold in 1950s.
R11, 18, 19 and 20 sold in the 1960s.
|Built by Miami Shipbuilding Corporation, Florida, USA.|
|P1551||R31||P1551||1962||Built by Kogerwerft, Redsburg, West Germany.|
|P1552||R30||P1552||1961||1988||Lost off Saldanah Bay on 7 October 1988 after striking a reef off Danger Point.||Built by Kogerwerft, Redsburg, West Germany.|
|PT boat||P1553||R9||P1553||1944||1973||Sold to private owner. Renamed Circe, Hout Bay.||Built by Miami Shipbuilding Corporation, Florida, USA.|
|P1554||P1554||1973||1986||Sold to private owner.||Built by Groves & Gutteridge, Cowes, UK.|
|P1555||P1555||1973||Built by Groves & Gutteridge, Cowes, UK.|
|P1558||P1558||1977||1986||Sunk as a gunnery target on 15 September 1988 during Exercise Magersfontein||Built by Dorman Long Van der Bijl Corporation, Durban South Africa in 1976. Built for the Malawi Defence Force for use on Lake Malawi. With the revolution in Mozambique in 1977 the planned delivery route via northern Mozambique was no longer viable. The ship was subsequently handed over to the South African Navy.|
|Hunt class||HMSAS Protea||Ventnor (1917)
SS Verwood (1918)
HMS Crozier (1919)
|1 April 1922||30 April 1933||Returned to RN 30 April 1933||Builder: William Simons & Co, Renfrew, Scotland, 1919. Sold by tender to Protea Showboat (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town.|
|Flower class corvette||SAS Protea||HMS Rockrose
|K51||4 October 1947||January 1957||Paid off to reserve. Sold by tender in 1962. Broken up, Table Bay, 1967.||Builder: C. Hill & Sons, Bristol, 1941. Converted to survey vessel in 1946.|
|A331||Department of Transport
|A331||23 April 1978||17 March 1980||Transferred back to South African Department of Transport.||Built by Fujinagata Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd, Osaka, Japan.|
|Mersey class||SATS General Botha||HMS Thames||1 April 1922||30 April 1933||Scuttled in False Bay in 1947||Named for the first PM of the Union of South Africa Louis Botha|
|SAS Navigator||Built by Fred Nicols (Pty) Ltd, Durban, South Africa.|
|SAS Gamtoos||SS Gamtoos||W122||10 October 1942||1946||Transferred to Department of Agriculture in 1946. Expended as a target on 10 June 1976.||Builder: Scott & Sons, Glasgow, Scotland, 1936. Bought from Smiths Coasters, Durban in 1942.|
|King Salvor class||HMSAS Salvestor||RFA Salvestor||31 August 1944||1946||Returned to Royal Navy||Built by William Simons & Co, Renfrew, Scotland. Launched 28 August 1942. Operated by SANF personnel in the Mediterranean and Far East. Broken up for scrap at Briton Ferry in 1970.|
|SAS Fleur||P3148||Sold to Neill Scott-Williams in 2010 and deployed to Subtech Marine of Durban as a Support/Supply Vessel||Built by Dorman & Long, Durban, South Africa (1969). Torpedo recovery and diving tender.|
Cable layer vessels
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