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SA Naval Digest No 12: April 2007. Names and Ships' Badges of the Valour Class Frigates.

SA Naval Digest No 12: April 2007. Names and Ships' Badges of the Valour Class Frigates.

ByChris Bennett

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This study covers the naming and ‘badging’ of the four new Valour Class vessels of the SA Navy. These vessels were initially designated as Patrol Corvettes but were officially reclassified as Frigates in 2006. Although the classification of corvette was mainly based on playing down size and capability of new acquisitions at a time in South African history when social issues were the focus of the new government, it was an appropriate choice at the time, as it accurately defined the planned roles and functions of these new vessels. These ships, as part of the national and very well publicised Arms Acquisition Programme, became the centre of national debate, political controversy and great public interest, probably more so than any other warships in the 85-year history of the South African Navy. They became the public symbol of the new SA Navy – a ‘peoples’ navy – and it was thus critical for the public to identify them with pride and common ownership.

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Publication Date
May 9, 2007
Language
English
Category
Reference
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Chris Bennett

Specifications

Pages
76
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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