3 X 209 Class (Type 1400MOD (SA)) (SSK)


Name No Builders Launched Commissioned
SAS MANTHATISI S101 Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft, Kiel 15 Jun 04 3 Nov 05
SAS CHARLOTTE MAXEKE S102 Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft, Kiel 04 May 05 14 Mar 07
SAS QUEEN MODJADJI I S103 Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft, Kiel 18 Mar 06 22 May 08

Programme: These submarines have been acquired from the German Submarine Consortium. Final approval for their purchase was given on 15 September 1999 and the contract was signed on 7 July 2000. The submarines were built by HDW, TNSW and Kockums.

1 Daphne Class (SSK) since withdrawn from service (retained for a museum)

Daphne Class (SSK)

Name No Builders Launched Commissioned
SAS ASSEGAI (ex-Emily Hobhouse) S 99 Dubigeon-Normandie, Nantes Chantenay 24 Oct 1969 26 Feb 1971


Displacement, tons: 869 surfaced; 1,043 dived
Dimensions, feet (metres): 189,6 x 22,3 x 15,1 (57,8 x6,8 x4,6)
Main Machinery: Diesel-electric; 2 SEMT-Pielstick 12 PA4 V 185 diesels; 2,450 hp(m) (1,8 MW); 2 Jeumont Schneider alternators; 1,7 MW; 2 motors; 2,600 hp(m) (1,9 MW); 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 13,5 surfaced; 16 dived
Range, miles: 4,500 at 5kt snorting; 2,700 at 12,5kt surfaced
Complement: 47 (6 officers)
Torpedoes: 12-21,7 in (550 mm) (8 bow, 4 stern) tubes; ECAN E15 dual purpose; passive homing to 12 km (6,6 n miles)
Countermeasures: ESM; ARUD; radar warning upgraded by Grinaker Electronics
Weapons Control: Trivetts-UEC weapon control system; DCSC-2 being fitted
Radars: Surface search; Thomson-CSF Calypso II; I-band.
Sonar: Thomson Sintra DUUX2; hull-mounted; active/passive search and attack; 8,4 kHz active. Thomson Sintra DUUX2 or UEC; passive rangefinding. Thomson Sintra DSUV2 or UEC; passive search; medium frequency.
Programmes: Ordered from France in 1967
Modernisation: A weapon systems upgrading (including sonar), as well as improved habitability as part of a mid-life improvement programme, was completed in Umkhonto in July 1988, Assegaai in late 1990. Assegai completed a four year refit on 19 May 1999 and Umkhonto became operational again in early 2001 after a short refit. Spear was ultimately sold as scrap in 2002. All Daphne Class submarines have since been withdrawn from service to be replaced by the new Type 209 submarines.






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