Arrival in Plymouth for BOST

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

8 February 2017

SAS AMATOLA arrived promptly at Naval Base Devonport as planned to start with the Basic Operational Sea Training (BOST) at Flag Officer Sea Training Royal Navy.


Officer Commanding SAS AMATOLA Captain Roux meets with Naval Base Devonport Commander, Commodore J. Shippaley.

In order to improve co-operation and foster relationships with armed forces of the Republic of South Africa’s Strategic Partners, Defence Advisor, Brigadier General S. Mahlobo, Liaison Officer, Captain G.R. Walker and the Officer Commanding SAS AMATOLA, Captain J.F. Roux proceeded to Lord Mayor Mrs P. Murphy and Naval Base Commander of Devonport Commodore J. Shippaley for courtesy calls.



fltr Captain G.R. Walker, Lord Mayor Mrs P. Murphy, Captain Roux and Brigadier General S. Mahlobo holding jewellery passed on from Lord Mayor to Lord Mayor with an estimated price of £500 000. (not handed out as a gift)

Journalist from the Royal Navy News Magazine.

Later that day an interview was arranged for media of the Royal Navy News to interview Captain Roux. The question posed to the Captain was more focused on finding the main reason of Operation Ketane, which is the Commemoration of the sinking of SS Mendi.

9 February 2017

To kick start the day, the BOST team boarded the ship in the early hours of the morning to prepare the ships company in what to expect during BOST which will take place from 13-17 February 2017 at sea.



Members from the Royal Marine Commando briefing the Maritime Reaction Squadron on what they will be facilitated on.

SAS AMATOLA and Naval Base Devonport soccer teams.

With temperatures below zero degrees, SAS AMATOLA soccer team was invited to play a friendly match against the Naval Base Devonport soccer team, although the late afternoon weather was not something the SAS AMATOLA team was prepared for, they took on the daunting task till their toes could no more.

10 February 2017

With replenishment scheduled to take place at sea from Plymouth to Portsmouth, the seamanship party was taken to the Royal Navy School of Seamanship at HMS RALLEIGH to sharpen their skills during replenishment at sea.



Captain Roux and Business card conversing about the weeks ahead.

Officer Commanding SAS AMATOLA Captain Roux hosting the guests.

Captain Roux visited FOST HQ to meet and greet FOST Captain Sea Training Captain M. Harvey to plan the busy week ahead.

The Lord Mayor, the Naval Base Commander of Devonport and the Staff Operations Officer, Commander A. Cummings paid Captain Roux a visit on board for a Luncheon to foster relations.



The prop used during replenishment at sea training with SAS AMATOLA Seamanship party watching in the background.

The Seamanship party at Royal Navy School of Seamanship at HMS RALEIGH.

 Info box - Lord Mayor differs from a normal mayor due to the fact that a Lord Mayor is inducted by royalty.