The South African Navy (SAN) held a blessing ceremony on Friday (12 February) for the first of three new multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPV) being constructed at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT).
The 62 x 11 metre naval vessel will be the first Damen Sea Axe vessel to operate in South Africa. The Sea Axe is a Damen patented design incorporating a straight-edged, axe shaped bow which cuts through the water, minimising slamming for improved safety and ‘significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions’.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, said: ‘Today marks another milestone in the history of the SA Navy. To think where this first MMIPV might end up in history is exciting. This vessel will be crucial in search and rescue operations and a critical link in security operations. The reconfigurability of the ship makes it a force multiplier in any littoral environment for the SA Navy.’