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Old 30-01-2017, 13:48
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I came across this article and thought it may be of interest seeing as the SAS AMATOLA is currently sailing to the UK.

Summarized from this article dated 30 Jan 2017.

Theft of Antennas and cabling twice in four years:-

The SA Navy has again had to revert to using communication links in Durban and aboard a submarine to maintain contact with the SAS AMATOLA [MEKO 200 design] currently transiting the west coast of Africa en route to the English Channel.

This has been necessitated by the theft of antenna[s] and copper cabling from the Navy’s communication centre at [Simon's Town near Cape Town].

The Navy is maintaining contact with Amatola using the Durban Naval Communications Centre’s equipment and a Type 209 [German built] Heroine Class submarine, apparently deployed for communications but doing training at the same time.

Military police are concerned about the theft which saw what a newspaper called “giant antennas” illegally removed from next to the entrance to the underground communications centre and then past Navy guards at the entrance to the complex. All indications are the theft was well-planned and executed over a period of time with trenches dug to remove copper cable.

Apart from the thefts at Silvermine [Simon's Town], albeit almost four years apart, the maritime service of the SA National Defence Forces (SANDF) last July suffered the indignity of having its armoury at Simon’s Town, fleet headquarters, broken into and weapons ranging from assault rifles to hand grenades, submachineguns and detonators stolen.

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Old 30-01-2017, 15:21
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Default Re: Sinking the South African Navy

It all sounds a bit Keystone coppish to me.
They don't seem to take their security seriously.
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