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South African Navy (2024)


Current Active Inventory: 11 Fleet Units


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The following represents an overview of the modern naval fighting capabilities of the South African Navy (2024). The service currently counts 11 total units in its active naval inventory. This total includes frontline commissioned vessels but excludes smaller patrol vessels, auxiliary / survey ships, replenishment, and historical ceremonial types. The WDMMW review takes into account specific categories of warships covering attack, defense, and general support designs. Inventory numbers and related unit types are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "On Order" totals found at the bottom of this article are related to any future hulls currently under procurement/construction though said hulls may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons.

Updated: 12/31/2021 | © www.WDMMW.org




Total Hulls: 11

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TvR
13.7
TrueValue Rating takes incorporates strengths/weaknesses matched against the highest-rated service ( USN (323.9).
Global Rank
35 /39
Global Rank as compared to national powers of WDMMW. 39 total naval services from 39 nations are tracked. View Current Ranks.
Force Concentration

Carriers: 0 units
Submarines: 3 units
Fleet Core: 8 units
Amphib Asslt: 0 units
Force Balance

FAIR

Fleet focuses on a portion of basic requirements though generally lacking in key areas.

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Hull Prefix
"SAS"
Established
1922
(102 yrs ago)
as the "South African Navy"
Median Hull Age
30.2
Years
Hull Age Visualization

Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15yrs

16 to 25yrs

26 to 30yrs

>30yrs




Submarines (3)


Hulls developed for undersea/submersible operation; nuclear-powered or conventionally-powered.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
18yrs
Manthatisi
S101
Heroine-class
17yrs
Charlotte Maxeke
S102
Heroine-class
16yrs
Queen Modjadji
S103
Heroine-class

Total Units: 3 (27%)


NOTES: All Heroine-class boats built by Germany.




Frigates (4)


Hulls defined as dimensionally smaller than Destroyers, though larger than corvettes, having Blue Water capabilities.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
19yrs
Amatola
F145
Valour-class
18yrs
Isandiwana
F146
Valour-class
17yrs
Spioenkop
F147
Valour-class
17yrs
Mendi
F148
Valour-class

Total Units: 4 (36%)


NOTES: All Valour-class vessels built by Germany.




Mine Warfare (2)


Hulls outfitted for the purpose of mine countermeasures/countermine warfare.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
43yrs
Umkomaas
M1499
River-class
43yrs
Umzimkulu
M1142
River-class

Total Units: 2 (18%)




Offshore Patrol Vessels (2)


Hulls defined as OPVs and outfitted for the purpose of close-to-shore defense / deterrence.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
45yrs
Isaac Dyobha
P1565
Warrior-class
41yrs
Galeshewe
P1567
Warrior-class

Total Units: 2 (18%)


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