South African Navy Festival 2017 lured thousands

Contributors: Petty Officer Jean Pierre Grant, Able Seaman Jason Warren Bland, Able Seaman Palesa Skommere. Photographers: from Naval Publication Unit and Petty Officer Jean Grant

The Media Briefing – 16 March 2017

Remarks by Chief of the SA Navy during the SA Navy Media Breakfast at Admiralty House. Click here to view...

SA Navy Festival 2017 - 17-19 March 2017

Anti Piracy Display












Crowds at the festival and on board

A busy corner with vendors selling food and drinks

Arena event south side


Arena events enjoyed by the crowds

Arena events west side


Celebrity , Chester William, SA Springbok Rugby Player, was one of the many visitors boarding SAS Spioenkop

Celebrity Chester William and his family welcomed on board by the OC of SAS Spioenkop


Visitors making their way to the ships

Visitors leaving at Cole Point exits

Dog Display






Fire Display






Gun Run















Marching and Musical Bands









Silver Falcons






Tug Rides



Music echoed through the alleyways of the dockyard … attracting fans to the head of the dry dock for the South African Navy Band Concert

The ever popular SA Navy Dry dock concert kicked off the festival celebrations on 16 March 2017.

Sponsors dance off competition

The South African Navy Band, who started their performance at around 19:00, was greeted with much applause by their fans. Their musical acts consisted of typical Western music such as light classical pieces, as well as traditional African music. The choir, who also performed, prompted many to stand and dance.

Band Concert and Choir in action

C Navy being escorted to the concert


Cdr Leibrandt addressing the crowd

Invited guests networking at the cocktail function

No seat was left vacant

Community Band Gallery

Sailors line up to open the SA Navy Festival with a traditional Opening Parade

The Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, officially opened the annual SA Navy Festival during a parade held on Friday, 17 March at the Martello Sports Field in Simon’s Town, followed by the ceremonial Sail Past where he received the naval ceremonial marks of respect from each ship, including the visiting British Ship, HMS CLYDE.




Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane

The Parade Commander reports to Chief of the SA Navy

The Inspection Party join the parade for the inspection

Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane inspects the Guard of Honour

March past salute from members on parade


Chief of the SA Navy return the salute 'Present Arm' of the Guard of Honour

Sailors marched on to the parade ground


Service representatives and Directors awaits the arrival of Chief of the SA Navy

The parade advance in colums of route

The skies of the Deep South Peninsula lit up with Night Shoot blazes and loud Cannon Firing

Lower North Battery, a facility under the charge of the South African Navy, was the site of a spectacular light show on 18 March 2017. The much anticipated annual Night Shoot took place despite the cold temperature and strong winds. Spectators in their motor vehicles lined up for kilometres next to the road, a scene that closely resemble the days of the drive-in theatres.

A mingling of mortars



The actual gunfire

The demonstration began with a spectacular lightshow

From precision drill, load canon firing to more relaxing music from the bands – all in the arena

Visitors making their way into Simon’s Town could watch the Community Street Procession stepping off from West Yard entrance across the British Hotel marching all the way to the main entrance at Cole Point Gate.

Sail Past Ceremony

C Navy beginning the ceremony

Crew member from HMS CLYDE before C Navy's arrival

The crew of SAS QUEEN MODJADJI 1 returning the salute

Crowds were drawn to the main arena where various activities such as the Gun Run, Fire Fighting Displays, the Protection Force Tactical Display, Drill demonstration by the SA Navy Junior Ratings and the Sea Cadets, and various community Marching Bands, the SA Navy Entertainment Band, the SA Navy Choir and the Isivinguvungu Band. The Silver Falcons impressed with precision in the sky and the Oryx hovered over the Inner Basin for the Search and Rescue demonstration. Combined forces displayed their quick response as part of the Anti-Piracy demonstrations.

Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony

The Memorial and wreath laying ceremony in commemoration of all South African fallen heroes took place at Fleet Command Headquarters, on Sunday, 19 March. In remembrance of their contribution, selfless acts of bravery and courage, the Chief of the Navy delivered the following words: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Memorial Service Gallery

An age old tradition signifies the end of the festival

A Retreat Ceremony took place in the main festival arena signalling the end of the official duty day and served as a ceremony for paying respect to the flag.

An in-depth article will follow in the next edition of the Navy News (Supplement April/May).