Arrival Rota, Spain
Article and photos Petty Officer Sthembiso
Makuleni and Able Seaman Judy Baatjes
AMATOLA arrived in Rota, Spain as scheduled on 2nd
February 2017 after spending 18 days at sea sailing
approximately 6000 nautical miles. The shipís company
did not know what type of weather to expect on arrival
but to their surprise it was like a normal winterís day
in Cape Town.
The pilot on the boat approaching SAS AMATOLA.
The first day
was reserved for the shipís company to get in contact
with their family members and get a bit of sightseeing
done after spending so much time at sea between decks
and compartments, as known amongst sailors the longer
the time at sea the smaller the ship gets.
Commanding SAS AMATOLA Captain Francois Roux paid a
courtesy visit to Rear Admiral Jose Alcantud at the
Naval Station Rota, Spain. The Naval Station was built
in September 1953. It is also known as NAVSTA Rota and
is a Spanish Naval Station commanded by Spanish Rear
Admiral and fully funded by the United States of
It is located
in Rota in the province of Cadiz, near the town of El
Puerto de Santa Maria. NAVSTA Rota is the largest
American community in Spain and houses US Navy and
Marine Corps personnel.
company bid farewell to Rota, Spain after blowing off
some steam, as we would see them again en-route home,
before calling on a few African countries namely Ghana,
Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Namibia.