African Commander Handsome Thamsanqa Matsane has become the first black officer to assume command of a submarine in Africa. In a ceremony held at Simon’s Town Naval Base in Cape Town, Commander Matsane took over command of the submarine SAS Queen Modjadji I.
Matsane joined the South African Navy in 1998. He served on three ships prior to his appointment, the SAS Drakensberg, the SAS Isandlwana and SAS Spioenkop before transferring to the submarine squadron. Prior to his current command, Matsane served as Executive Officer aboard SAS Charlotte Maxeke.
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