SAS Makhanda

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

South Africa
Name: SAS Makhanda
Namesake: named for the Xhosa warrior Makhanda
Operator: South African Navy
Builder: Sandock Austral, Durban
Commissioned: 4 July 1986
Homeport: Naval Base 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 1986 and originally named SAS Magnus Malan for South African Party minister of defence Magnus Malan, she was renamed on 1 April 1997.[1] She was converted in 2012/2013 to an Offshore Patrol Vessel role.[2]

The SAS Makhanda is currently employed with anti piracy patrols.[3]


  1. 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.
  2. "Revamped strike craft ready for counter-piracy duty". 17 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  3. Rider, David (July 17, 2014). "SAS Makhanda on anti-piracy duty". Maritime Security Review. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
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