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Thursday, August 06, 2015

R400m to refit SA war vessel

SAS Amatola (F145)The SAS Amatola, the warship that spent a year in Durban’s dry docks for a major overhaul, is back on the high seas and will resume fighting pirates off Africa’s east coast once its weapons are refitted.

The anti-piracy patrols in the Mozambique Channel are part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) initiative to prevent pirates coming down the east coast into South African waters.

The SAS Amatola arrived at the Southern African Shipyards premises in Durban in March last year after the company won a R400 million contract to refit the vessel.

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