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SAS Manthatisi Picture Allan Roy via the Unofficial SAAF website

SAS Manthatisi Picture Allan Roy via the Unofficial SAAF website


07 October 2014 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb


When this year’s Exercise Ibsamar starts in False Bay it will be the first time the Type 209 submarine, SAS Manthatisi, will be operational again after six years being out of service.


The submarine, pennant number S101, was seen at sea over the weekend. A SA Navy spokesman in Simon’s Town confirmed she was busy with sea acceptance trials following the successful conclusion of harbour acceptance trials.


“SAS Manthatisi will be a participant in Ex Ibsamar IV which starts on October 20,” he said.


She was the first of three submarines acquired by the maritime arm of service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as part of the 1999 Strategic Defence Procurement Package (SDPP). Also known as the Arms Deal, this acquisition, the single largest government spend since democracy in 1994, is currently the subject of a Presidentially appointed commission looking into allegations of bribery, corruption and other impropriety.


Manthatisi was taken out of service in 2007 due to what was at the time reported to Parliament as damage to the boat’s electrical system when “someone” connected the submarine to its high voltage shore service the “wrong way round”.


While out of the water Manthatisi has undergone a total refit and maintenance overhaul, including fitment of new batteries costing more than R250 million. The refit and maintenance work was all done in the Simon’s Town dockyard and will serve as a benchmark for future similar work on the Navy’s other two submarines – SAS Charlotte Maxeke (S102) and SAS Queen Modjadji (S103).


She was originally expected to be put back into the water in May but a delay in the delivery of certain spare components saw this deadline missed. Manthatisi, under the command of Commander Russell Beattie, successful completed harbour acceptance trials before starting her sea trials.


“Sea acceptance trials will only commence once the Navy is satisfied all harbour acceptance trials have been completed to rigorous Navy standards,” Commander Greyling van den Berg said while the submarine was busy with the first stage of becoming fully seaworthy again.


Exercise Ibsamar will see collective training for the Brazilian, Indian and South African navies taking place off the Western Cape from October 20 to November 7. False Bay, Lamberts Bay, Jacobs Bay and Cape Agulhas have, at this stage, been identified as points where specific parts of the exercise will be conducted.


“Building inter-operability and mutual understanding among all three participating navies is the main objective,” the spokesman said.

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Exercise Ibsamar set for October


07 March 2014 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb


The fourth iteration of Exercise Ibsamar is set to start in October off South Africa’s southern and western coastlines.


Ships from the Brazilian and Indian navies will steam into Simon’s Town to join up with elements of the SA Navy ahead of the three nation exercise that is set to end in mid-November.


“The main planning conference for Ibsamar was held in Simon’s Town last month with details discussed and agreed,” Fleet media liaison officer Commander Adrian Dutton said, adding the exact number of foreign vessels, as well as South African ones, that will take part in the exercise could not be divulged “at this stage”.


“It is envisaged both the Brazilian and Indian contingents will berth at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront after the exercise for crew rest and relaxation and interaction with the people of Cape Town,” he said.


There are currently no details available of the Navy’s other regular exercises with foreign navies – Atlasur, with the Argentinean, Uruguayan and Brazilian navies - but Dutton said the biannual Good Hope exercise with the German Navy has been scheduled for March next year. This will be the fifth time German naval vessels have been in South African waters for a joint exercise with the maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).


Unofficial sources indicate two of the Navy’s four Valour Class frigates - SAS Isandlwana and SAS Spioenkop – are currently operational. Two of the three Heroine class Type 209 submarines – SAS Charlotte Maxeke and SAS Queen Modjadji -  are operational.

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