SAS Isandlwana at Valparaiso, Chile on 1 December 2006
|Namesake:||Battle of Isandlwana|
|Operator:||South African Navy|
|Ordered:||3 December 1999|
|Builder:||Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel|
|Laid down:||28 October 2001|
|Launched:||5 December 2002|
|Commissioned:||20 July 2006|
|Status:||Ship in active service|
|Class and type:||Valour-class frigate|
|Displacement:||3,700 long tons (3,759 t)|
|Length:||121 m (397 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||16.34 m (53 ft 7 in)|
|Draught:||5.95 m (19 ft 6 in)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Range:||8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × SuperLynx 300 (can carry 2)|
SAS Isandlwana (F146) is the second of four Valour-class frigates for the South African Navy built by the European South African Corvette Consortium. SAS Isandlwana was named after the Battle of Isandlwana at a ceremony held in Kiel in December 2002, by Deputy Defence Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge.
SAS Isandlwana was manufactured by the European South African Corvette Consortium (ESACC), consisting of the German Frigate Consortium (Blohm+Voss, Thyssen Rheinstahl and Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft), African Defence Systems (part of the French Thales defense group) and a number of South African companies.
The ships were built to the MEKO modular design concept, and 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 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, Isandlwana is named after a famous South African battle or instance of great valour. In this case the famous Battle of Isandlwana between the Zulu nation and the British Empire, at the beginning of the Anglo-Zulu War.
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