British Royal Navy Touches Base at Simonís Town
Article and photos by Sea T.E. Baloyi
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The SA Navy
was given the honour of hosting yet another British
ship, the RFA GOLD ROVER on 2 July 2012, at Mike-Lima
Outer Basin in Simons Bay. The shipís Commanding Officer
is Captain N.A. Budd, who
has been Commanding Officer of RFA GOLD ROVER for one
and a half years. The shipís company consist of 54
Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel onboard, of which 16 are officers
and 38 are ratings.
The tug boats towing the RFA Gold Rover in Outer Basin
They will be
staying for a period of three and a half weeks (2-27
July 2012); however, their visit to our shore is
informal. The importance of their visit is to form ties
and develop a growing friendship with the SA Navy. They
will also be conducting routine maintenance of their
vessel before heading to their next destination: the
Falkland Islands and South Atlantic. The RFA GOLD ROVER has been away from
home (London) since last year and is coming from Ghana
in West Africa.
The RFA Gold
Rover is a replenishment ship with functions such as
patrols, replenishing oil and fresh provisions.
The ship was launched in 1973 and commissioned on 22
March 1974. It has been
upgraded during the past few years with certain parts
like generators, engines, boilers, refuelling equipment and it is still hard at work.
The SA Navy
would like to give a warm welcome to Royal Fleet
Auxiliary and we hope you enjoy your stay!