Armed Forces celebrations: SA NAVY ships draw thousands

Article by AB T. Baloyi. Photos by: Commander C. Pratten and Miss Z. Noqazo (PRO Intern)

The SA Navy opened several ships to the Durban public as part of the annual Armed Forced Day Programme which was held from 16-21 February 2017. The support was tremendous as thousands of eager families come out to tour the vessels over the 2 days. By the end of the weekend, just over 18 000 visitors had toured.

Enthusiastic school learners from Zwelibanzi High School posing for a group photo with their gifts

The SAS DRAKENSBERG (Combat Support Vessel/Replenishment Vessel), SAS SPIOENKOP (Frigate), SAS PROTEA (Hydrographic Survey vessel), SAS GALESHEWE and SAS MAKHANDA (Offshore Patrol Vessels), and the SAS QUEEN MODJADJI 1 (Submarine) was open for tours.

Learners from Sithengile Secondary School being given a tour on board SAS GALESHEWE

Learners from Zwelibanzi High School endured the blazing sun while gracefully anticipating to get on board SAS PROTEA


Major N.O. Dekeni from SA Military Police (Bloemfontein) and Able Seaman D. Maja handing out sanitary towels to female learners

Members of the general public endured inclement weather conditions while waiting patiently to get on board SAS QUEEN MODJADJI 1