The past pride of the SA Navy

Stunning image of the South African Navy Frigates in their heyday. Here are the three President Class Frigates together, the SAS President Kruger, the SAS President Steyn and the SAS President Pretorius – neck to neck with the SAS Simon van der Stel – an old World War 2 era W Class Destroyer in the background, she was the oldest and the fastest of all these ships. Look at the bit between her teeth as she races forward.

Interestingly, the SAS Simon van der Stel started her illustrious life as HMS Whelp, saw WW2 service in the Far East and was even present at the formal Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay.

Photo courtesy of the SAS President Steyn Old Boys and thanks to Norman Sander for the caption.

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