Frigate SAS President Pretorius (F145)

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Classification

Type:
type: Frigate

Basic information

Namesake:
Marthinus Wessel Pretorius (17 September 1819 – 19 May 1901) was the first president of the South African Republic, and also compiled the constitution of the Republic.
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd
Operator:
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Decommissioned:
Status:
Fate:
Sold for scrap, 9 December 1992

Ship measurements

Displacement:
2200 t
Length:
112.78 m
Beam:
12.5 m
Draught:
5.33 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * Babcock & Wilcox boilers
  • 2 * English Electric steam turbines
  • 2 * shafts
  • 30,000 shp (22,000 kW)
Speed:
30 knots
Range:
4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)

Crew

Complement:
214

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • Type 978 navigation radar
  • Type 293Q surface-search radar
  • Type 277Q height-finding radar
  • Type 162 sonar
  • Type 170 sonar
  • Type 177M sonar
  • Type 262 gunnery radar
  • Type 275 gunnery radar
Armament:
  • 1 * twin 4.5-inch (114 mm) dual-purpose gun
  • 1 * twin 40 mm (1.6 in) Bofors AA gun
  • 2 * triple Limbo anti-submarine mortars (1¬†*¬†triple removed during the modernization)
Aircraft:

As modified:

  • 1 * Westland Wasp helicopter
  • Helipad
  • Hangar

SAS President Pretorius was the last of three President-class Type 12 frigates built in the UK for the South African Navy (SAN) during the 1960s. The ship spent most of her career training and visited foreign ports in Africa and Australia. She had a lengthy modernisation during the 1970s and manpower shortages limited her activities after that was completed in 1977. President Pretorius was paid off in 1985 and was sold for scrap in 1992.

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