SAS DRAKENSBERG'S FIRST 25 YEARS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE SA NAVY'S FOREMOST GREY DIPLOMAT, 1987–2012

Andre Wessels
2013 Scientia Militaria  
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 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
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doi:10.5787/41-2-1071 fatcat:t4ibhqv7azatnb65zveu467z7q