SAS Spioenkop (F147)
SAS Spioenkop (F147)
|Career (South Africa)|
|Namesake:||Battle of Spion Kop|
|Ordered:||3 December 1999|
|Laid down:||28 February 2002|
|Launched:||2 August 2003|
|Commissioned:||16 February 2007|
|Class & type:||Valour class frigate|
|Length:||121 m (397 ft)|
|Beam:||16.34 m (53.6 ft)|
|Draught:||5.95 m (19.5 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 diesels 5,920 kW each, 2 shafts for cruise; 1 gas turbine 20,000 kW, 1 waterjet|
|Speed:||30 knots (52 km/h)|
|Range:||8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)|
1x Otobreda 76 mm gun
|Aircraft carried:||1 × SuperLynx 300 (can carry 2)|
SAS Spioenkop (F147) is the third of four Valour class frigates for the South African Navy built by the European South African Corvette Consortium. She was named by Ms Thandi Modise, the then Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence, in Hamburg, Germany, on 4 June 2003.
They were manufactured by the European South African Corvette Consortium (ESACC), consisting of the German Frigate Consortium (Blohm+Voss, Thyssen Rheinstahl and Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werf), African Defence Systems (part of the French Thales Group defence company) and a number of South African companies.
The ships were built to the MEKO modular design concept, and they are designated by the manufacturer as the MEKO A-200SAN class. Some controversy exists as to the class type of the vessel, with both the manufacturer and the South African Navy referring to her as a "corvette", but other similar vessels in other navies being referred to as frigates. Some have claimed that the use of the word corvette was a political decision made by the South African government to ease criticism of the procurement of the vessels.
As with all the other ships of the Valour class, the Spioenkop is named after a famous South African battle or instance of great valour. In this case the famous Battle of Spion Kop between the Boers and Great Britain, during the Anglo-Boer War.
The South African Navy conducted its first combined tactical Exocet missile firing exercise when the frigates, SAS Spioenkop and SAS Mendi, fired two missiles (one from each frigate) at MFV Azalea, an old fishing trawler donated to the SA Navy by I&J fishing company for use a target ship. The firing was conducted on Thursday 28 June 2007 in Exercise Area Pandora, 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of Cape Point.
Exercise Dolphin 2008
A joint naval exercise between Ghana and South Africa. The following ships were involved in the exercise, SAS Spioenkop and the Ghanaian Naval vessels GNS Anzone, Bonsu, Yogaga, Sero and Achimota. Activities included simulated opposed and unopposed boarding, fleetwork as well as rescue assist. To add to this schedule there was a contingent of Ghanaian media representatives on board, who were ferried between the different vessels.
Exercise Greenpoint 2008
This was an exercise in preparation for the FIFA 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament, as part of Operation KGWELA. A combined exercise with SANDF and SAPS personnel took place over the period 13 to 19 March 2008 in Cape Town to formalise the air defence concept for the tournament.
The ship conducted a three month, six-country visit to the Far East. Spioenkop visited Singapore from 3–8 October, Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China from 16–20 October, Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia from 25–29 October, Ho Chi Minh City in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 31 October to 5 November), Cochin in India from 14–20 November and Port Louis in Mauritius from 26 November to 1 December. The ship conducted naval exercises with the Singaporean Navy, the People’s Liberation Army Navy of the People’s Republic of China, the Indian Navy and the Mauritian Coast Guard. The ship's company also engaged in various diplomatic related activities with all the countries visited.
- Valour-class Frigates
- South African Navy Ships
- Letaoana, Lebohang (April 2007). "Commissioning of SAS SPIOENKOP". SA Soldier: 13.
- MEKO A Class Combat Ship Family - Naval Technology
- Exercise Whippet - Successful Combined Tactical Firing of Exocet Missiles [SA Navy, 2007-11-01]
- The Spioenkop returns from Far East cruise | DefenceWeb