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Thursday, March 26, 2015

SA Navy exploring SAS Drakensberg replacement

SAS Drakensberg (A301)The South African navy is looking at the eventual replacement of the combat support ship SAS Drakensberg, since the maritime arm of service takes great strain when the vessel is out of action for maintenance. Several platforms could be acquired to replace the nearly 30-year old vessel.

Studies have commenced into a potential replacement for the Drakensberg, according to Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral Bravo Mhlana, who made the remarks during his state of the Navy briefing last week.

“We are presently taking serious strain as the Drakensberg, for the last one and a half years, has been going through major maintenance,” Mhlana stated. “When it is not there, you are very limited in terms of reach, in terms of sustainment of the operations in distant areas.”

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