SAS SPIOENKOP visits Walvisbaai
Article and photos by Petty Officer Kevin
On a very
misty Friday morning 11 October 2013, SAS SPIOENKOP made
her maiden visit to the port of Walvis Bay. With the
help of a very capable Harbour Pilot and tug boats, SAS
SPIOENKOP was brought alongside almost effortlessly.
As soon as
the brow touched the quayside, preparations started for
a cocktail function to be held that same evening. With
the help of every available hand, the hangar was
decorated, serving tables set and the awning erected on
the flight deck.
Col M. Mari welcoming the guests to the cocktail
luncheon with a few Namibian naval officers, Officer
Commanding, Capt M.A. Boucher was taken on a courtesy
visit to the Municipality to meet the Deputy Mayor of
Walvis Bay, Counsellor Benson Uakumbua as well as the
Chief of Naval Operations, R Adm(JG) S.N.B. Nghipandwa
at the Naval Base.
function was held in true naval tradition as the
officers mingled well with all guests attending. Among
the guests was the South African High Commissioner to
Namibia, Her Excellency miss Y.M. Myakayaka-Manzini, who
welcomed the SAS SPIOENKOP and Ships Company in her
speech. Apart from the outstanding hospitality, the
guests were also treated to a spectacular Ceremonial
Sunset Guard on the flight deck.
was reserved for some ships husbandry and the very much
anticipated soccer and volleyball matches. Unfortunately
a last minute venue change meant that the volleyball had
to be cancelled. Luckily the soccer got underway without
any problems and went really well with both teams
finding the back of the net twice, until the home team
snuck in a late goal to beat the SAS SPIOENKOP 3 - 2.
The goal scorers were WO 2 T.G. Makwale and AB M. Fundi.
The game was thoroughly enjoyed by players and
To make the
visit to Walvis Bay even more memorable, the Ships
Company was afforded the chance to go to and clime Dune
7 (One of the highest sand dunes in Africa, if not the
world) and also to Swakopmund to do a bit of
sightseeing. Some of the so called “adventure junkies”
even took on the mighty Namib desert with nothing more
than a helmet, goggles and a quad bike.
liberty expiring at 20h00 and all personnel present and
accounted for, the pleasant stay in Namibia drew to a
close as the Ships Company started to prepare SAS
SPIOENKOP to sail further up the west coast of Africa on
Lt Cdr M. Tabo out quad biking in the desert outside Walvis Bay