oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - SAS Drakensberg's first 25 years : the life and times of the SA Navy's foremost grey diplomat, 1987-2012
The South African Navy (SAN)'s first (and thus far only) purpose-built combat support ship, SAS Drakensberg, was commissioned on 11 November 1987. In this study, the ship's first 25 years of service (1987-2012) to the SAN (and the people of South Africa) was analysed, with special reference to her role as a grey diplomat (i.e. the flag-showing cruises she undertook and her concomitant role in strengthening diplomatic and other ties with many countries). The Drakensberg's other peace-time roles were also be reviewed, including -
- humanitarian and related relief expeditions;
- her role during exercises with other SAN warships as well as ships and submarines from other navies, both in South African waters and across the globe;
- her role as a training ship;
- ceremonial duties; and
- lately also in anti-piracy patrols.
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