SAS Protea is a survey vessel of the South African Navy, part of the Hecla-class survey vessels built for the British Royal Navy. Protea was the fifth Hecla-class vessel and was commissioned on 23 May 1972
SAS Protea alongside
|Launched:||14 July 1971|
|Commissioned:||23 May 1972|
|Status:||Active as of 2018|
|Class and type:||Hecla-class survey vessel|
|Length:||79.3 m (260.2 ft)|
|Beam:||15 m (49.2 ft)|
|Draught:||16 ft (4.9 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 x 12-cylinder MTU diesels geared to one shaft and controllable-pitch propeller|
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h)|
|Range:||17,000 nmi (31,000 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Complement:||124, including 10 officers|
Protea is a specialist hydrographic survey vessel, although its equipment has been used in search and rescue operations using Protea's shallow water route survey system (SWRSS). She is the only ship in the South African Navy that is painted white, denoting that she is not a warship. Her hull is strengthened for navigation in ice and she is fitted with a transverse bow thruster unit, for increased manoeuvrability in harbour.
In 1978 Protea took part in an international krill research project, becoming the first South African Navy vessel to round Cape Horn. She also acted as the guardship for the 1976 and 1979 Transatlantic Yacht races.
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