Pennant Numbers in the SA Navy

A short explanation and list


Pennant numbers seems to be a dark science. The pennant numbers used by the South African Navy were allocated by NATO (when we still fell within the influence of that particular power block). We still use the pennant numbers that fall within this list, even though we are not part of NATO.

Pennant numbers are recycled. Once a ship has been decommissioned and scrapped/sold off, the pennant number is again available for use. However, where we notice that a pennant number is also used by another Navy, we use the next one on the “list”. For example, the pennant number of the SAS Johanna van der Merwe / SAS Assegaai was S99 - a pennant number also used by two other submarines - hence the pennant numbers for the new SA submarines starting at S101.

The NATO system was originated by the USA, although they never complied with it themselves (they use “hull identification numbers”).

Even within NATO pennant numbers are not always adhered to: The Deutschen Marine (previously Bundesmarine) carry both NATO pennant numbers and their own U-numbers on their submarines, but in effect only use the U-numbers.

Also interesting is the adoption of several interchangeable pennant numbers per ship by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, obviously to confuse the enemy.


PennantNamePeriod
A243SAS Tafelberg
A301SAS Natal
 ″SAS Drakensberg
A302SAS Outeniqua
A324SAS Protea
A331
D11HMSAS David Haigh
D158SAS Vrystaat
D237SAS Simon van der Stel
D278SAS Jan van Riebeeck
J291HMS Pelorus
F145SAS President Pretorius
 ″SAS Amatola
F146SAS Isandlwana
F147SAS President Steyn
 ″SAS Spioenkop
F148SAS Mendi
F150SAS President Kruger
F157SAS Vrystaat
F430HMSAS Natal
F432HMSAS Good Hope
F602HMSAS Transvaal
J439HMS Rosamund
K51HMS Rockrose
K217HMS Swale
K222HMS Teviot
K430HMS Loch Cree
K432HMS Loch Boisdale
K602HMS Loch Ard
M291HMSAS Pietermaritzburg
M439HMSAS Bloemfontein
M1073FDS Schleswig
M1076FDS Paderborn
M1079FDS Düren
M1081FDS Konstanz
M1082FDS Wolfsburg
M1083FDS Ulm
M1142HMS Blue Firefly
 ″HMS Hazleton
 ″SAS Kaapstad
 ″SAS Umzimkulu
M1144HMS Golden Firefly
 ″HMS Dunkerton
 ″SAS Pretoria
M1207HMS Castleton
 ″SAS Johannesburg
M1210HMS Stratton
 ″SAS Kimberley
M1212HMS Dumbleton
 ″SAS Port Elizabeth
 ″SAS Umhloti
M1213HMS Oakington
 ″SAS Mosselbaai
 ″SAS Umgeni
M1214HMS Packington
 ″SAS Walvisbaai
M1215HMS Chilton
 ″SAS East London
M1221SAS Tshwane
M1222SAS Mangaung
M1223SAS Kapa
M1225SAS Tekwini
M1498SAS Windhoek
M1499SAS Durban
 ″SAS Umkomaas
M7001Navors I
 ″SAS Umkomaas
M7002Navors II
 ″SAS Umgeni
M7003Navors III
 ″SAS Umzimkulu
M7004Navors IV
 ″SAS Umhloti
P273SAS Fleur
P285SAS Somerset
P1552SAS Tobie
P1553SAS Tern
P1554SAS Tekwana
P1556SAS Pretoria
P1557SAS Kaapstad
P1558
P1561SAS Jan Smuts
P1562SAS P.W. Botha
 ″SAS Shaka
P1563SAS Frederic Creswell
 ″SAS Adam Kok
P1564SAS Jim Fouché
 ″SAS Sekhukhuni
P1565SAS Frans Erasmus
 ″SAS Isaac Dyobha
P1566SAS Oswald Pirow
 ″SAS René Sethren
P1567SAS Hendrik Mentz
 ″SAS Galeshewe
P1568SAS Kobie Coetsee
 ″SAS Job Masego
P1569SAS Magnus Malan
 ″SAS Makhanda
P3105HMS Brayford
 ″SAS Gelderland
P3120HMS Glassford
 ″SAS Nautilus
P3125SAS Rijger
P3126SAS Haerlem
P3127SAS Oosterland
P3148SAS Fleur
R37HMS Whelp
R48HMS Wrangler
R78HMS Zenith
 ″HMS Wessex
S97SAS Maria van Riebeeck
 ″SAS Spear
S98SAS Emily Hobhouse
 ″SAS Umkhonto
S99SAS Johanna van der Merwe
 ″SAS Assegaai
S101SAS Manthatisi
S102SAS Charlotte Maxeke
S103SAS Queen Modjadji I
T01HMSAS Africana1939 – 1944
T02HMSAS Natalia1940 – 1944
T03HMSAS Goulding1940 – 1944
T04HMSAS Grimwood1940 – 1944
T05HMSAS Larsen1940 – 1944
T06HMSAS Robinson1940 – 1944
T07HMSAS Whytock1940 – 1944
T08HMSAS Oostewal1939 – 1944
T09HMSAS Swartberg1939 – 1944
T10HMSAS Arum1939 – 1944
T11HMSAS Nerine1939 – 1944
T12HMSAS Algoa Bay1939 – 1940
 ″HMSAS Randfontein1941 – 1944
T13HMSAS David Haigh1939 – 1943
T14HMSAS Disa1939 – 1940
 ″HMSAS Rondevlei1940 – 1944
T15HMSAS Richard Bennett1939 – 1940
 ″HMSAS Smalvlei1940 – 1944
T16HMSAS Mooivlei1939 – 1944
T17HMSAS Blomvlei1939 – 1944
T18HMSAS Aristea1939 – 1944
T19HMSAS Crassula1939 – 1944
T20HMSAS Babiana1939 – 1944
T21HMSAS Bluff1939 – 1944
T22HMSAS Soetvlei1940 – 1944
T23HMSAS Brakvlei1940 – 1944
T24HMSAS Hektor1940 – 1944
T25HMSAS Odberg1941 – 1944
T26HMSAS Southern Floe1940 – 1941
T27HMSAS Southern Maid1940 – 1944
T28HMSAS Southern Barrier1940 – 1944
T29HMSAS Southern Isles1940 – 1944
T30HMSAS Southern Sea1940 – 1944
T31HMSAS Cedarberg1940 – 1944
T32HMSAS Blaauwberg1940 – 1944
T33HMSAS Sydostlandet1941 – 1942
T34HMSAS Gun 91940 – 1942
 ″HMSAS Florida1942 – 1944
T35HMSAS Kommetjie1940 – 1944
T36HMSAS Steenberg1940 – 1944
T37HMSAS Stellenberg1940 – 1944
T38HMSAS Springs1941 – 1944
T39HMSAS Parktown1941 – 1942
T40HMSAS Nigel1941 – 1944
T41HMSAS Langlaagte1941 – 1944
T42HMSAS Terje1941 – 1943
 ″HMSAS Brakpan1943 – 1944
T43HMSAS Protea1941 – 1944
T44HMSAS Sonneblom1941 – 1944
T45HMSAS Immortelle1941 – 1944
T46HMSAS Boksburg1941 – 1944
T47HMSAS Germiston1941 – 1944
T48HMS John Edmund1918 – 1920
 ″HMS Foyle1920 – 1922
 ″HMSAS Foyle1922
 ″HMSAS Sonneblom1922 – 1934
 ″HMS Foyle1934 – 1946
 ″HMSAS Krugersdorp1941 – 1944
T49HMS Thomas Johns1918 – 1920
 ″HMS Eden1920 – 1922
 ″HMSAS Eden1922
 ″HMSAS Immortelle1922 – 1934
 ″HMS Eden1934 – 1939
 ″HMSAS Bever1941 – 1944
T50HMSAS Gribb1941 – 1944
T51HMSAS Treern1941 – 1944
T52HMSAS Seksern1941 – 1944
T53HMSAS Imhoff1941 – 1944
T54HMSAS Benoni1942 – 1944
T55HMSAS Suderoy I1941 – 1942
 ″HMSAS Suderoy1942
 ″HMSAS Parktown1942 – 1944
T56HMSAS Suderoy II1942
 ″HMSAS Johannesburg1942 – 1944
T57HMSAS Roodepoort1942 – 1944
T58HMSAS Tordonn1941 – 1944
T59HMSAS Pretoria1942 – 1944
T60HMSAS Standerton1942 – 1944
T61HMSAS Turffontein1942 – 1944
T62HMSAS Vereeniging1942 – 1944
T434HMSAS Protea
T440HMSAS Nigel1944 – 1945
T441HMSAS Langlaagte1944 – 1946
T442HMSAS Brakpan1944 – 1945
T443HMSAS Protea1944 – 1946
T444HMSAS Sonneblom1944 – 1945
T445HMSAS Immortelle1944 – 1945
T446HMSAS Boksburg1944 – 1945
T447HMSAS Germiston1944
T448HMSAS Krugersdorp1944
T449HMSAS Bever1944
T450HMSAS Gribb1944 – 1945
T451HMSAS Treern1944 – 1945
T452HMSAS Seksern1944 – 1945
T453HMSAS Imhoff1944 – 1945
T454HMSAS Benoni1944 – 1945
T455HMSAS Parktown1944
T456HMSAS Johannesburg1944 – 1946
T457HMSAS Roodepoort1944 – 1945
T458HMSAS Tordonn1944 – 1945
T459HMSAS Pretoria1944 – 1945
T460HMSAS Standerton1944 – 1945
T462HMSAS Soetvlei1944 – 1945
T463HMSAS Brakvlei1944 – 1945
T464HMSAS Hektor1944 – 1945
T465HMSAS Odberg1944 – 1946
T467HMSAS Southern Maid1944 – 1946
T468HMSAS Southern Barrier1944 – 1946
T469HMSAS Southern Isles1944 – 1946
T470HMSAS Southern Sea1944 – 1946
T471HMSAS Cedarberg1944 – 1946
T472HMSAS Blaauwberg1944 – 1946
T474HMSAS Florida1944 – 1945
T475HMSAS Kommetjie1944
T476HMSAS Steenberg1944 – 1945
T477HMSAS Stellenberg1944 – 1945
T478HMSAS Springs1944 – 1945
T501HMSAS Africana1944 – 1947
T502HMSAS Natalia1944
T503HMSAS Goulding1944 – 1945
T504HMSAS Grimwood1944
T505HMSAS Larsen1944
T506HMSAS Robinson1944
T507HMSAS Whytock1944
T508HMSAS Oostewal1944
T509HMSAS Swartberg1944 – 1945
T510HMSAS Arum1944
T511HMSAS Nerine1944
T512HMSAS Randfontein1944 – 1945
T514HMSAS Rondevlei1944 – 1945
T515HMSAS Smalvlei1944 – 1945
T516HMSAS Mooivlei1944 – 1945
T517HMSAS Blomvlei1944 – 1945
T518HMSAS Aristea1944
T519HMSAS Crassula1944
T520HMSAS Babiana1944
T521HMSAS Bluff1944
W122HMSAS Gamtoos1942 – 1945
W176HMS Salvestor
Z173HMS Barbrake
Z185HMS Barcross