Naval ships at Simons Town SAN Naval Base

The current Chief of the South African Navy is Vice- Admiral Rofiloe Johannes Mudimo. Currently the SA Navy is classified as a small navy. There are roughly 5000 active uniformed members augmented by 1500 civilians and 1000 reserve members.

A budget of roughly R1.8 billion ($230 million at 2008 exchange rates) was allocated for the Navy for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. There are currently about 15 active vessels (of all types). It is planned to scale this down to about 12 in 2009-2010.

The navy currently is at the cutting edge of technology with the introduction of new frigates and submarines. These vessels are outfitted to South African conditions and use a significant number of South African systems.

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