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Die Ou Man
4th August 2008, 18:12
Joe Buff is a naval author. He lives in Dutchess County, New York, with his wife. He 5 siblings, who are involved in the medical field.

Buff's stories take place in the years 2011-2012. In his novels, Boer reactionaries seize control of the government of South Africa. The UN places economic sanctions on South Africa. In response, South Africa begins to sink merchant shipping belonging to the United Kingdom and the United States. NATO immediately mobilizes and a large convoy sets sail towards South Africa with only Germany holding out due to "social unrest".

Half-way to South Africa, there is a revolt in Germany. The Hohenzollern family is crowned as Kaiser, but the Kaiser is nothing more than a figure-head. The German government declares their support for South Africa and both nations form the Boer-Berlin Axis.

In a pre-planned move, Germany and South Africa use tactical nuclear warheads to destroy the NATO convoy, Warsaw, and Tripoli. These moves force the Contenential Europe to surrender out of fear of being in a nuclear war. Most of the world stays neutral out of fear or greed or both. Cash-strapped Russia is selling the Boer-Berlin Axis weapons and intelligence. On the side of the allies, only America, the UK, and British dependencies of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada are still fighting. Tactical nuclear warheads are now the weapon of choice with a gentlemen's agreement not to hit any civilians. The story then starts with Deep Sound Channel on the high-tech ceramic hulled submarine the U.S.S. Challenger outside of Diego Garcia.

Joe Buff (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Buff)

Die Ou Man
4th August 2008, 19:13
Die bostaande is fiksie. Die onderstaande is feitlik.


14 February 2008

Media Release from Naval Base Simon's Town

Third Combined Military Exercise between SA and Germany: Exercise Good Hope III.

From 18 February to 18 March the seas and skies surrounding Cape Town will be used to conduct military exercises between South Africa and Germany. This series of exercises will be called EXERCISE GOOD HOPE III.

This will be the third time that military exercises will be conducted in South African waters between the two countries, with the last exercise taking place two years ago. During this year's exercise there will be more than 1 800 personnel, 15 ships and 16 aircraft from both countries taking part.

The "theatre of operations" will be around Cape Town and some exercises will be conducted at the Overberg Military Test Area near Bredasdorp and Arniston/Waenhuiskrans. Some of the types of exercises will include live missile and gun firings, anti-submarine warfare with mock torpedo attacks, anti-aircraft drills, fleetwork and maneuvering and more.

The objectives that both countries want to achieve with these exercises are:

- To enhance and maintain the comprehensive defence capabilities of the two armed forces.
- To develop a common understanding of military interoperability and foster mutual trust, respect and co-operation between the German Armed Forces and the SANDF.
- To upgrade operational means and methods of multi-national conventional forces by employing different types of equipment whilst conducting and exercising according to a common set of guiding principles.

The German Defence Force will be represented by two Frigates (FGS HAMBURG and FGS KÖLN) and two Combat Support Vessels (FGS BERLIN and FGS WESTERWALD), six Tornado Fighter Aircraft and two Lynx Helicopters. The SANDF will send three Frigates (SAS AMATOLA, SAS ISANDLWANA and SAS SPIOENKOP), one Submarine (SAS CHARLOTTE MAXEKE) two Strike Craft (SAS GALESHEWE and SAS ISAAC DYOBHA), two Minehunters (SAS UMZIMKULU and SAS UMKOMAAS), two Inshore Patrol Vessels (SAS TERN and SAS TOBIE) and the Combat Support Vessel SAS DRAKENSBERG. In addition to this there will also be six Cheetah Fighter Aircraft and two Oryx Helicopters.

The public of Cape Town will be invited to view the German vessels at the
V&A Waterfront on Sat 01 Mar to Sun 02 Mar 08. Thereafter the public can view most of the SA Navy and German vessels during the annual Navy Festival from 14 -16 Mar 08 in Simon's Town.

Die Ou Man
4th August 2008, 19:35
FGS Hamburg

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Die Ou Man
4th August 2008, 19:56
Tornado

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Die Ou Man
11th August 2008, 07:35
The Dud Submarine
Megan Power and Jocelyn Maker Published:Aug 03, 2008

Vessel stuck in dry dock after a litany of problems

The first of the three German Type 209 submarines bought in South Africa’s notorious arms deal has spent most of the past six months out of the water.

SAS Manthatisi S101, delivered to Simon’s Town in April 2006, has been plagued by serious defects, including hull valve problems, and the vessel has languished in dry dock for months.

Problems are not new to this vessel. On its maiden journey to South Africa from Germany, its snort-mast (air intake for diesel engine) housing imploded, putting the boat and its crew at risk.

Some weeks ago, on returning to the water, S101’s batteries were flat. Contrary to correct procedure, the boat was connected to an onshore power supply, causing an implosion. As a result, the submarine is back on land again. The Sunday Times has also established that:



The SA navy has only enough crew to man two of the three submarines;


As quickly as the navy trains submariners, they’re poached by the private sector for higher salaries;


The navy doesn’t have enough money to fully or properly operate more than two frigates and one submarine, and even less money available to maintain four frigates and three submarines;


When SAS Queen Modjadji S103, which arrived in Simon’s Town a few weeks ago, had to undertake its first safety dive in Germany, the South African crew refused to take part as they were too afraid;


A new navy arms deal is on the cards to acquire the kind of vessels that should have been bought in the first place; and


Cabinet has approved the purchase of a fifth corvette, an option built into the 1999 arms deal.

Yesterday, Department of Defence spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi sai d that the S101 submarine had had “normal” problems, including “hull valve challenges” that had been rectified.

“Additional engineering changes for the entire class are planned to be carried out as the boats are being optimised for local conditions,” he said.

He confirmed that crew numbers were a problem, saying that after spending a lot of money training submariners for the 209s, they had been lost to the private sector.

“We want to ask the private sector to recruit and train their own people and to stop poaching ours,” said Mkhwanazi. Submarine allowances to retain crew were in the pipeline, he sai d.

South Africa’s military strategy, he said, was to operate two submarines in peacetime and only bring in a third in the event of war.

He denied that the crew of S103 had been afraid to do safety dives in Germany, saying they were not “contractually allowed” to complete sea acceptance trials prior to the handover.

In the new arms deal, the navy wants to include at least six offshore patrol vessels, costing around R280-million each, and one or two helicopter landing vessels , capable of carrying troops, equipment, jeeps, helicopters and even a mobile hospital. These carrier vessels were designed specifically for peacekeeping and disaster relief work.

Tenders for this new equipment could go out as early as next year.

Mbeki’s justification for spending R30-billion on the arms package was so that South Africa could become the dominant peacekeeping force in Africa. But navy experts and inside sources say submarines are offensive weapons, not designed for peacekeeping purposes, and that the four frigates also do not meet the navy’s pressing need for vessels to protect SA’s fishing rights, gas resources and to deter the growing incidence of piracy and smuggling.

Mkhwanazi said no final decisions had been made on new purchases and that the department was “engaged in internal processes” aimed at implementing a cabinet decision to buy the fifth frigate.


Here’s what the Germans sold us


The three Class 20 Type 209 1400MOD diesel-electric submarines have eight armament tubes and 14 on-board torpedoes.


They can stay at sea for 45 days, plus seven days’ emergency.


Each submarine has a complement of 30 crew.


The overall length is 62m, breadth is 7.6m and the sub can dive up to 200m.


Submerged speed is up to 20 knots, with a typical surface cruising speed of 10 knots.


The total cruising range is 10000 nautical miles.


The Times (http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/Article.aspx?id=814268)