SAS Isaac Dyobha

SAS Isaac Dyobha is a Warrior-class strike craft of the South African Navy, currently configured as an Offshore Patrol Vessel.

South Africa
Name: SAS Isaac Dyobha
Namesake: Reverend Isaac Dyobha, a chaplain in the South African Native Labour Corps who died in the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917[1]
Operator: South African Navy
Builder: Sandock Austral, Durban
Laid down: 16 Mar 1979[2]
Commissioned: 27 July 1979
Homeport: Durban
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Warrior class strike craft
Type: Missile boat
Displacement: 415 tons (450 tons full loaded)
Length: 58 m (190 ft)
Beam: 7.62 m (25.0 ft)
Draught: 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
Propulsion: 4 MTU 16V 538 diesel engines, four shafts, total of 12,800 hp (9,500 kW)
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph)
  • 4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 17.5 kn (32.4 km/h)
  • 1,650 nmi (3,060 km; 1,900 mi) at 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 45 officers and crewmen

She was commissioned in 1979 and originally named SAS Frans Erasmus for former National Party cabinet minister Frans Erasmus and launched by his widow.[3] She was renamed on 1 April 1997.[4] She was upgraded in 2012/2013 to an Offshore Patrol Vessel role.[5]

The SAS Isaac Dyobha is currently employed on anti piracy patrols.[6]


  1. "THE HISTORY OF THE SAS ISAAC DYOBHA". South African Navy website. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  2. "Patrol Forces". Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  3. Bennett, Chris. Day-to-Day in the SA Navy.
  4. Wessels, Andre. "The South African Navy during the years of conflict in Southern Africa 1966-1989" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 2, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  5. Wingrin, Dean (10 May 2013). "Navy commences upgrade of fourth strike craft". Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  6. Helfrich, Kim (November 14, 2013). "OPVs take up counter piracy duties". Retrieved December 8, 2014.
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