Simon’s Town Navy Festival 2011

March 29, 2011 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

Simonstown accommodation is always a major issue during the Navy Festival.

The much anticipated, fun-filled Navy Festival, will from this year forth, be called the “SA Navy Birthday Festival”. The SA Navy was established on the 1st April 1922. Next year’s festival will coincide with the SA Navy’s 90th birthday.

As expected, the South African Navy will once again open its doors to the people of South Africa to come and explore the navy culture and environment at the East Dockyard in Simon’s Town.

The popular Tug boat rides

Entrance to the festival is free and gates will open daily from 10am until 6pm. There will be various events in the main arena and around the dockyard that both young and old will find entertaining.

Here are some of the standard attractions to look forward to during the festival:

  • Ships and Submarines open to the public

  • Tug Rides

  • Flea Market

  • Entertainment for children and a Tea Garden

  • Please note that the popular tea garden and children’s entertainment will move to the I.C.E. workshop next to the pump house

The following events will take place in the Arena area:

  • Gun Run Display

  • Navy Band performance

  • Fire Fighting Display Competition

  • Dog Display by the SA Navy’s Dog Unit

  • Mast Display

  • SA Navy Precision Drill

  • The Sea Cadets Precision Drill

  • Izivunguvungu Youth Band.

A Dog Handler demonstrating how the Navy dogs are trained to attack perpetrators

A Firefighter demonstrating how to use a fire hose

There will be Various Live and Static Displays such as:

  • Ship boarding display by the Maritime Reaction Squadron

  • Lynx & Oryx Helicopters Display

  • Live Canon Firing

  • South African Navy Diving Display

  • Tug ‘ballet’

  • Silver Falcons

  • Coca Cola SA Navy Talent Show

  • Coca Cola SA Navy 5-a-side Soccer Tournament

  • Diver’s Exhibition and Divers Tank

  • Submarine Museum SAS Assegaai – Adults R20 and Children R10

  • SANAD Gun Display

Exhilarating Cannon Firing…

Navy members marching past during the Right of Entry Parade

The exciting Gun Run Display

The SA Navy Band performing at the renowned Dry Dock concert

The following major events will also take place during Navy Birthday festival:

01 April 09:00 Right of Entry Parade through Simon’s Town
01 April 20:00 Dry Dock Concert at East Dockyard (Free Entry)
02 April 09:30 – 10:00 Unveiling SS Mendi plaque, Jubilee Square
02 April 17:45 Navy Choir performance in SAS SIMONSBERG Cinema Hall  (Entrance Free)
02 April 20:00 Night Gunnery Shoot from Lower North Gun Battery
03 April 08:00 – 09:00 Navy Remembrance Parade, Fleet Command HQ
03 April 17:20 – 18:00 Retreat Ceremony, East Dockyard, Arena area

Rafeez Harris winner of the 2010 Coca Cola SA Navy Festival Talent Show


Enquiries: Sub-Lieutenant Leverne Benjamin Telephone: (021) 787 4620

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