South Africa's third submarine was launched at Nantes, France, on Tuesday (July 21) - three days before the South African Navy was du to formally take over its first submarine, the Maria Van Rieback, at the nearby Atlantic base at Lorient.
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Background: South Africa's third submarine was launched at Nantes, France, on Tuesday (July 21) - three days before the South African Navy was du to formally take over its first submarine, the Maria Van Rieback, at the nearby Atlantic base at Lorient.
The 850-ton submarine Johanna Van der Merwe is one of three sister-ships ordered from France by the South African Government nearly three years ago.
The launching was attended by South African Navy Chief Admiral Hugo Biermann, the South African Ambassador to France, mr. A.B.F. Burger, the Commander of the Lorient naval base, Vice-Admiral J.M. Clotteau, and the French Defence Ministry's international armaments Chief, General Maurice L'Estoile.
South African navy officers and men watched with shipyard workers as the Johanna Van Der merwe slid down the slip-way at its evening launch.
The Maria Van Riebeck, being taken over on Friday (July 24), was launched by Mrs. Elize Botha, wife of south African Defence Minister Pietre Botha, in March 1969.
Mr. Botha told reporters on a recent visit to Paris that South Africa was developing its defence forces, and had naval responsibilities around the Cape under the Simonstown agreement between Britain and South Africa.
The new Government in Britain, having declared while in opposition its intention to resume the sale of arms to South Africa, has not yet made a firm commitment to do so.
The possible new British policy has brought protests from Afro-Asian countries.
Zambia on Wednesday (July 22) was expected to introduce a resolution in the U.N. Security Council, condemning the supply of arms to South Africa, and called for strict observance of a seven year-old U.N. embargo on the trade, which was observed by Britain's former Labour Government.
Member states would not be bound to observe the recommendation now proposed, although in a preamble its sponsors have noted that permanent council members, who include Britain and France, are under a special obligation to abide by any recommendations of the Security Council.