Arrival Rota, Spain

Article and photos Petty Officer Sthembiso Makuleni and Able Seaman Judy Baatjes

The SAS 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.

The Officer 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 America.

The pilot in conversation with Officer Commanding SAS AMATOLA Captain Roux and Executive Officer SAS AMATOLA Commander Tefo on arrival to Rota, Spain.

The Officer Commanding SAS AMATOLA with Rear Admiral Alcantud during courtesy call.

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.

Captain Roux exchanging gifts with Rear Admiral Alcantud during courtesy call.

The city of Cadiz, Spain.

The shipís 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.