n Journal for Contemporary History - Duikbote in die Suid-Afrikaanse Vloot : die eerste fase, 1970-2003. 'n Kort historiese evaluering (2) : van die ou na die nuwe Suid-Afrika

Volume 30, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



In the first part of this study, a review was given of the development of submarines, the South African government's decision to acquire submarines for the South African Navy (SAN), the building of three submarines for the SAN, and the delivery cruise of these three submarines to South Africa. In this, the second article, a review is given of the role SAS Maria van Riebeeck (later renamed SAS Spear), SAS Emily Hobhouse (Umkhonto) and SAS Johanna van der Merwe (Assegaai) played in the SAN in the years of growing isolation (1972-7), almost total isolation (1978-93) and in the service of the new South Africa (1994-2003). As in the previous article, the place and role of submarines in the SAN will be evaluated against the background of the political situation in South Africa and the international context, with special reference to the Cold War and the post-Cold War era.

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