SAS Protea has plenty of life until replacement – Navy , 08 May 2013 12:05

The South African Navy’s 41-year old hydrographic survey ship SAS Protea is still in pristine condition and can be kept seaworthy for a good number of years, according to the Navy, until eventually replaced under Project Hotel. SAS Protea, is the only “white ship” in the fleet denoting it is not armed and thus not a warship. It is the sole representative of the Hecla Class in the fleet and was launched on July 14, 1971. Commissioning of the 2 733 ton ship, with pennant number A324, took place on May 23 the following year.

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