The South African Navy currently manages a fleet of three T-Craft Inshore Patrol Vessels including SAS Tobie P1552.
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Credit: Official image from the South African Navy website.
The modern South African Navy operates three of the T-Craft-class Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) - SAS Tobie (P-1552), SAS Tern (P-1553), and SAS Tekwane (P-1554). All were built by T-Craft International out of Cape Town, South Africa and entered commissioned service in June 1992, June 1996, and December 1996, respectively. Six total boats of the T-Craft-class were eventually built with three falling to the South African Navy and the remaining three taken on by the Israeli Navy.
The vessels feature a 36 ton displacement under full load and carry dimensions of 22ft x 7ft x 0.9ft (LxWxH). Power is from 2 x ADE 444 TI V12 marine diesel units outputting 2,000 horsepower coupled with 2 x Hamilton water-jets. Maximum speed in ideal conditions reaches 32 knots and range is out to 530 miles when running at a consistent 22 knots.
Up to sixteen personnel make up the crew that is led by a single officer-level candidate. A single 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) is fitted for self-defense. A Racal Decca I-band system makes up the surface-search radar fit. The hull is based on a twin-hulled catamaran design with Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) - a layered approach to the materials involved - to provide the needed strength for high-speed running. Towards the stern of the boat is stowage well for a single Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) craft. The primary operating theater is enclosed from the elements.
Status Commissioned, in Active Service
Complement 16 Personnel
Ship Class [ T-Craft-class ] Ships-in-Class [ 3 ] : SAS Tobie (P1552); SAS Tern (P1553); SAS Tekwane (P1554)
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
- Special Forces Support
22 ft (6.71 m)
Width / Beam:
7 ft (2.13 m)
Height / Draught:
0.9 ft (0.27 m)
2 x ADE 444 TI 12V diesel engines developing 2,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts; 2 x Hamilton waterjets.
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