The SA Navy Proudly Welcomes SAS CHARLOTTE
MAXEKE and SAS QUEEN MODJADJI.
Article by S Lt Khasuli
Photos by Mrs Karen Knight
The long awaited commissioning and
naming ceremony of the last two SA Navy submarines took
place in Emden, Germany on 14 Mar 07. The Commissioning
Ceremony is a unique event which occurs only once in the
lifetime of a ship and is therefore a major event on the
S102 crewmembers standing proud on parade.
Among the dignitaries from South Africa
who attended the ceremony was the Deputy Minister of
Defence, Mr. Mluleki George, the Ambassador of South
Africa in Germany, Mr. Moss Chikane, the Sponsor of S
102, Mrs. Mittah Seperepere, the Sponsor of S 103, Mrs.
Rita Ndzanga, the Chairman of the Armscor Board, Dr.
Popo Molefe, the Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Adm J.
Mudimu, Flag Officer Fleet, R Adm H.v.E. Bester and the
Chief of Naval Staff, R Adm M. Magalefa.
Mrs M. Seperepere the sponsor of
S102, SAS CHARLOTTE MAXEKE and Mrs R. Ndzanga the
sponsor of S103, SAS QUEEN MODJADJI.
The Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr
M. George presenting his speech.
Prior to the Deputy Minister delivering
his keynote address, the programme director requested
the sponsors of the submarines to unveil the names of
the two sophisticated warships. The sponsor of S 102,
Mrs. Mittah Seperepere unveiled the name SAS CHARLOTTE
MAXEKE and the sponsor of S 103 Mrs. Rita Ndzanga
unveiled the name SAS QUEEN MODJADJI.
Chief of the South African Navy, V
Adm J. Mudimu, congratulating Cdr R. Shortt, the OC
of SAS CHARLOTTE MAXEKE.
Some of the dignitaries present
at the commissioning, Sponsor of S103, Mrs R.
Ndzanga, Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr M.
George, Ms Hanover, Chief of the SA Navy, V Adm
J. Mudimu, Mrs Y. Mudimu, from the German Navy,
R Adm Kratzmann, Flag Officer Fleet, R Adm H.v.E.
Bester, Chief Naval Staff, R Adm M.H. Magalefa,
Chaplain T. Gasenewe, Mr J.S. Mkhwanazi and
Director Naval Acquisitions Capt A.S. Claydon –
After receiving the SAS CHARLOTTE
MAXEKE Acceptance Certificate from Dr. Popo Molefe, the
Chief of the Navy charged the Officer Commanding, Cdr
Roland Shortt with the responsibility of commanding the
submarine. He also ordered him to assume the command of
SAS CHARLOTTE MAXEKE with effect from 14 March 2007. Cdr
Shortt in return accepted and officially took over the
command of the submarine, after which she was
commissioned. Both submarines will enjoy the same
experience as the SAS MANTHATISI, as they will make the
same delivery voyage on own steam escorted by the SAS
This practice of allowing the
submarines to sail on their own is important as it gives
the Navy the opportunity to further test the performance
and endurance of the submarines. Furthermore, it will
give us the opportunity to test our ability to support
the submarine during such a voyage. This will also allow
us to determine how the crew copes on a long deployment,
the Deputy Minister stated during his keynote address.
The S102 crew now officially the crew of SAS CHARLOTTE
There will be more detailed articles
on the origin of the submarine’s names on the intranet