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South African Navy (2022)


Current Active Inventory: 11 Fleet Units


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Last Updated: 12/31/2021 | © www.WDMMW.org


The following represents an overview of the modern naval fighting capabilities of the South African Navy (2022). 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.




Total Units: 11
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TvR:
13.7
True Value Rating takes into account current strengths/weaknesses, matched against the highest-rated service (the USN yields a top rating of 323.9).
Global Rank:
30/33
A total of 33 naval services from 33 nations currently tracked. Current Ranking.
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.
SUPPLIERS:
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HULL PREFIX:
"SAS"
ESTABLISHED:
1922
100 yrs ago
as the "South African Navy"
MEDIAN HULL AGE:
28.2
Years
HULL AGE VISUALIZATION


Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15 yrs

16 to 25 yrs

26 to 30 yrs

>30 yrs


Age plays a vital role in the life of any warship as hulls and various onboard technologies are pushed to the limit, ultimately exposed to the corrosive and generally unforgiving effects of life at sea. Such degradation often leads to modernizations, refits, or outright retirement. Our color gauge attempts to showcase a vessel's current state within the fleet, helping to detail those outgoing vessels against those at the midway point of their service or those just having been commissioned.




Submarines (3)


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

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
16yrs
Manthatisi
S101
Heroine-class
15yrs
Charlotte Maxeke
S102
Heroine-class
14yrs
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
 
17yrs
Amatola
F145
Valour-class
16yrs
Isandiwana
F146
Valour-class
15yrs
Spioenkop
F147
Valour-class
15yrs
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
 
41yrs
Umkomaas
M1499
River-class
41yrs
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
 
43yrs
Isaac Dyobha
P1565
Warrior-class
39yrs
Galeshewe
P1567
Warrior-class

Total Units: 2 (18%)




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