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Warrior (Ex Minister) Class (Fast Attack Missile) (FAC (M))

All are based in Simons Town. P1568 was not in commission and was likely to be withdrawn from service in 2004. By early 2013 the three remaining ships of the former Minister Class strike craft, renamed and re-classed as Warrior Class following democracy, were in the final stages of refitment and refurbishment at Southern African Shipyards in Durban. Once they were handed back to the Navy shortly they transited to fleet headquarters at Simons town for full safety compliance testing. The ships being refurbished were SAS Isaac Dyobha, SAS Galeshewe and SAS Makhanda. They are the only survivors of the nine originally bought in the 1970s and 1980s.

At the end of February 2012, SAS Isaac Dyboha (P1565) completed its SATS (Sea Acceptance Trials), according to Southern African Shipyards, which refurbished the vessels. SAS Galeshewe (P1567) had completed HATS (Harbour Acceptance Trials) and was scheduled to undergo SATS by the end of May 2012. SAS Makhanda (P1569), which had to be towed to Durban, is currently undergoing pre-HATS and was expected to have completed SATS by the end of May 2012.

Name No Builders Launched Commissioned
(ex-Frans Erasmus)
P 1565 Sandock Austral, Durban 16 Mar 1979 27 July 1979
(ex-Hendrik Mentz)
P 1567 Sandock Austral, Durban 26 Mar 1982 11 Feb 1983
SAS Makhanda
P 1569 Sandock Austral, Durban


Displacement, tons: 450 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres): 204 x 25 x 8 (62,2 x 7,8 x 2,4)
Main Machinery: 4 Maybach MTU 16V 965 TB91 diesels; 15, 000 hp(m) (11 MW) sustained; 4 shafts
Speed, knots: 32
Range, miles: 1,500 at 30kt; 3,600+ at economical speed
Complement: 52 (7 officers)
Guns: 2 OTO Melara 3 in (76mm)/62 compact; 2 Oerlikon 20 mm GAM-BO1; 2 - 12,7 mm MGs
Countermeasures: Decoys: 4 ACDS launchers for chaff
ESM: Delcon (ADS.Sysdel) EW system
ECM: Rattler; jammer
Combat data systems: ADS Diamant (after upgrade). Mini action data automation with Link.
Radars: Air/surface search; Elta EL/M 2208; E/F-band; Fire control: Selenia RTN 10X; I/J-band

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