South African Sub "Malfunction"
The first of the new South African Type-209 subs, doing at-sea quals off Norway prior to a planned transit to South Africa next month, suffered from an unspecified "technical malfunction" yesterday:
"Submarine S101 was conducting sea training in Norwegian waters with a German navy team aboard in preparation for its trip to South Africa when a technical malfunction took place, said Rear Admiral Rusty Higgs on Wednesday.
"Nobody was injured and the S101 - known by its serial number until it is named - was travelling to Kiel in Germany for further information to be gathered.
"At this stage we do not have the picture yet... it's a little bit too early," said Higgs.
"We were told there was a technical malfunction and in the spirit of the people's navy we are keeping people in the picture," he said."
Not much other information -- but if they keep giving out information in the "spirit of the people's navy" we'll hopefully get an update soon.
Staying at PD...
Update 1834 25 Jan: Via The Sub Report, information about S-101's planned trip from Germany to the RSA next month.