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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2010, 09:57 
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I'm assuming that this "FLEUR DU CAP" which was in the background of a photo taken yesterday, is the old SAS Fleur. She was decomissioned in 2004, & has probably now been sold after an overhaul. Good to see she's not in the mothballed fleet anymore, or about to be torn apart by a harpoon missile.

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"FLEUR DU CAP"

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Laid up & taken at the Navy Festival 2009.


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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2010, 14:41 
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Good to see an old warhorse enjoyiong a good retirement - does anyone know what the Fleur du Cap's current ownership and use/role is?

BTW is P1553 in the foreground one of the new IPVs?


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Roger the Dodger wrote:
Good to see an old warhorse enjoyiong a good retirement - does anyone know what the Fleur du Cap's current ownership and use/role is?

BTW is P1553 in the foreground one of the new IPVs?
First time I've seen her since March 2009, when she was still all rusty .. I'm guessing here, but the name "Fleur du Cap" is also a SA Winery owned by the Distell group .. maybe their new leisure boat ?

P1553 (SAS Tern) is a T-Craft Class IPV commissioned in June 1996.

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found this info on the Fleur du Cap

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The Diving/Torpedo Recovery Vessel, S.A.S. Fleur, the first ship built by Dorbyl
Marine (with assistance by Brooke Marine of Lowestoft), was commissioned forty years
ago by Lt. Bob Pieters S.A.N. on 4 December 1969.
Dick Jenkins was the Shipbuilding Manager and the ship and the slipway were built
simultaneously. Fleur, now named Fleur du Cap, is currently being refitted in the
Armscor Dockyard at Simon’s Town for Australian owners.


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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2010, 23:12 
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Good find! Australian owners. :shock:

I hope she's still around for the navy festival. Got to get some photo's before she leaves our shores for good.

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It would be nice to keep an eye on her, as she was the first ever locally designed and built naval ship, and thus is of historical importance.

Not that the current pack of criminals in power stripping the country bare would actually care about that.


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Excellent - hope she comes to Perth. She was my first ship. I served on her as the navigator back in 1987. Don't worry we will take good care of her over here.


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And off topic - Tern (P1553) was one of the last vessels I drove before I resigned in 1997. I ran the ASRL squadron at SAS SALDANHA before our success caught up with us and they decided to commission the crash boats, split up the squadron to the fours corners of the earth and let junior officers drive them instead of boat's captains (who were all CPOs & WOs). Great last 18 months in the SAN for me and a great bunch of guys to serve with.

Do you perhaps have the photo of the Fleur & Tern in a higher resolution Kremlin?

With your permission I would like to have a copy of it framed for my study.


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Sure thing Cloud Warrior :smt023 Drop me a PM with your e-mail address & I'll send the original off to you .. it was shot from pretty far away so it's not the best quality though.

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Taken this morning:

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Good picture on todays Ports and Ships news at http:/ports.co.za/news/news_2011_07_25_01.php[/u] but dosent say too much about what she is doing in Durban.


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Fond memories of her!

1978/9: I was the medic/Captain's messy on board when, along with some minesweepers, we did a trip to Walvis Bay.

Two weeks of heaven!

Sad to see her emigrating (like most South Africans) to the lands down under.


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Hiya Supervan II :smt006

A hearty welcome to the forum :smt023

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Hiya Supervan II :smt006

A hearty welcome to the forum :smt023

Thank you, Kremlin!

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Was Fleur built to Naval or Civilian standards?

I suspect that with the help of Brook Marine, it was to Naval standards, which is also what SA Fighting Ships sort of alludes.


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