SAS Transval

South Africa

HMS Loch Ard was a Loch class frigate laid down by Harland & Wolff in Belfast in January 1944. Even before she was launched, she was transferred to the South African navy and renamed SAS Transvaal. She was launched in August 1944, and was commissioned in May 1945. She participated in transporting soldiers home after second world war, and was the royal yacht under King Georg's visit to South Africa in 1948. In 1957 she was decommissioned for upgrades, and entered service again three years later. After four more years of service, she was finally decommissioned in 1964. She was donated as an artificial reef ship and was deliberately sunk 2.August 1978. The battered wreck rest today on a depth of approximately 25 to 35 meters outside Millers Point south of Simon's Town. Also see the wreck of SAS Good Hope.

Former names:
HMS Loch Ard
307,9 x 38,7 x 12,4 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1435 displ ( std )
Belfast ( UK ) 1944
( SA )

33°16 S 18°28 E

Picture: HMSAS Transvaal
Courtesy of Naval

Last updated: January 2021