Navy Festival will showcase South Africa’s maritime capabilities
The maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will have eight of its vessels tied up alongside and open to the public during the 16th iteration of the Navy Festival in Simon’s Town from April 22 to 24. Additionally two Navy tugs will spend the majority of Friday, Saturday and Sunday ferrying festival visitors around Simon’s Town harbour giving a different view of the SA Navy’s warships. Vessels that will be open to the public are SAS Drakensberg, SAS Amatola, SAS Spioenkop, SAS Protea, SAS Queen Modjadji II, SAS Umzimkulu, SAS Umhloti, and SAS Umkomaas. Although not officially acknowledged as such, the festival commemorates the founding of the South African Naval Service in 1922 which was also known as the South African Naval Forces before becoming the SA Navy. In a message written for the Festival, SA Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, said it is an opportunity for the SA Navy to showcase the multiple roles its conducts for the benefit of South Africa.