n Journal for Contemporary History - Die Suid-Afrikaanse Vloot se eerste fregat-era, 1944-1985 (2) : die "President"-klas fregatte

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



In this, the second of two articles that deal with the history of frigates in the South African Navy (SAN), the acquisition of three modern Type 12 anti-submarine frigates is discussed, as well as the role these ships, known as the "President" class, played in the SAN. A review is given of the operational roles played by SAS President Kruger, SAS President Steyn and SAS President Pretorius in the years 1962 to 1985; their role in assistance/humanitarian operations, as well as their role as grey diplomats when they visited foreign countries during flag-showing cruises. As was the case in the previous article, the place and role of these frigates are evaluated against the background of the political situation in South Africa, South Africa's changing position in the international arena, as well as the international political context, with special reference to the Cold War, and the strategic importance of the Cape sea route. The article also intends to show why the SAN in fact needs frigates.

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