OK, so this Wordless Wednesday does have a few words!
Some more of Sunday’s pictures taken on board the SAS PROTEA, the South African Navy’s hydrographic survey vessel, She is painted white to denote that it she unarmed.
The ‘SAS’ stands for ‘South African Ship’. Pre 1950s, ‘HM’ used to be tagged onto the front of that, denoting ‘His Majesty’s’.
She was built by Yarrow & Co Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, launched on the Clyde on 14th July 1971. and taken into service on 23 May 1972. She has a helideck and a hangar for a light helicopter.
Although survey is her main function, she has also participated in sea rescue operations.
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