[The ANC ordered these submarines. Publicly they are pretending that
buying weapons from other countries actually benefits the economy.
Hmmm... ANC-Economic theory... wow... it rivals Karl-Marx's economic
South Africa's second of three Type 209 submarines was launched in Emden
in northern Germany on Wednesday. The boat was christened "S102".
Speaking during the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Defence Mluleki George
said the naming and launching of any vessel is a significant occasion, as
it only happens once in its lifetime.
"The ceremony of today represents but one of the milestones in the life
of the vessel, of which there will be many.
"She still has to be completely fitted out, trials and tests carried out,
and some fine-tuning done before she can proceed to sea and commence with
her first dive," George said in a speech prepared for delivery received
"So, there is still much to be done before she is handed over to the
South African Navy and commissioned under South African command and the
South African flag prior to her sailing under her own power home to
George said S102's sister, S101, is on track to commission later this
"Her diving trials were successful and so far all is going well. The last
of the three boats, S103, is taking shape following the laying of her
keel recently. So, in terms of the project in general, I am happy to
report that all seems to be progressing extremely well."
George also used the opportunity to set the record straight and discount
speculations from some quarters with regard to the ability of the
personnel of the South African Navy to operate the vessels.
"Uninformed and premature comments with regard to the method that will be
used to deliver the submarines to our country were unfortunate. The
ministry of defence encourages everyone who require information to
approach relevant officials in the department, in order to prevent sowing
doubts and confusion in the public mind.
"I will take this opportunity to make it clear that all the submarines
will be making their delivery voyages under own power, with South African
Navy personnel on board, and under escort by one of the South African
Navy surface vessels. In the case of S101, it will probably be the combat
support vessel, the SAS Drakensberg." -- Sapa
Source: Daily Mail & Guardian