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SAS Simon van der Stel

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The South African Ship Simon van der Stel was a W Class Destroyer originally named HMS Whelp, obtained from the British Navy in 1952, with Pennant D237. Sold to South Africa as the replacement for HMSAS Natal (formerly HMS Loch Cree) in 1952. Renamed Simon van der Stel, after the 17th century colonist reputed to be the founder of the South African wine industry. Much of Simon van der Stel's service was as a "grey ambassador", on good-will visits to Europe and Europe's African colonies, including a 147 day cruise to Europe in 1954. This role, however, declined as South Africa became increasingly isolated during the apartheid years. Placed in reserve from 1957, but was modernised as a Type 15 frigate (in common with other destroyers of her generation) from 1962 to 1964, and re-commissioned in February 1964. Simon van der Stel was scrapped in 1976 at Durban.


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Name: SAS Simon van der Stel (formerly HMS Whelp)
Namesake: Simon van der Stel (14 October 1639 - 24 June 1712) was the last commander and first Governor of the Dutch Cape Colony, the settlement at the Cape of Good Hope.
Operator: South African Navy
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Hebburn
Acquired from Royal Navy: 25 April 1952
Laid down: 1 May 1942
Launched: 3 June 1943
Commissioned: 20 March 1953
Pennant: D237
Status: Out of service: 27 March 1972; Scrapped, 1976
Class and type: W-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,710 long tons (1,740 t) (standard load); 2,530 long tons (2,570 t) (deep load)
Length: 362 ft 9 in (110.6 m)
Beam: 35 ft 8 in (10.9 m)
Draught: 14 ft 6 in (4.4 m) (deep load)
Installed power: 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers 40,000 shp (30,000 kW)
Propulsion: 2 shafts; 2 x geared steam turbines
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 4,675 nmi (8,658 km; 5,380 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 179
Sensors and processing systems: ASDIC; Type 272 surface-search radar; Type 282 and 285 gunnery radars; Type 291 early-warning radar
Armament: 4 x single 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns; 1 x quadruple 2-pounder (40 mm) "pom-pom" AA gun; 4 x twin Oerlikon 20 mm (0.8 in) AA guns; 2 x quadruple 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes; 70 depth charges; 4 throwers, 2 rails
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Wager Class Destroyer
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