South African Navy

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South African Navy
Founded1851[Note 1]
Country South Africa
Size7,702[1] (active)
1,000 (reserve)
Part of South African NDF
Garrison/HQSaldanha Bay, Simon's Town, Durban, South Africa
ColorsGreen and white
Minister of Defence and Veteran AffairsNosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Chief of the NavyVice Admiral Mosuwa Samuel Hlongwane
Master at Arms of the NavySenior Chief Warrant Officer Matee Molefe[2]
ADM Hugo Biermann
EnsignNaval Ensign of South Africa.svg
JackFlag of South Africa.svg

The South African Navy is the navy of the South African National Defence Force. The role of the South African Navy is to conduct naval operations in defence of the Republic of South Africa.

The current organisation of the South African Navy dates back to 1 April 1922, when the South African Naval Service (SANS) was created. (However, colonial naval volunteer units date back as far as 1861.) The South African Naval Service was later expanded and renamed to the South African Naval Forces (SANF). In 1951, the South African Naval Forces was renamed to the South African Navy and the ship title HMSAS (His Majesty's South African Ship) was changed to SAS (South African Ship) one year later.

Strength[change | change source]

The South African Navy has a strength of 6,104 active military personnel. The navy is divided into a Combat Fleet and a Support Fleet. The Combat Fleet is made up of five Valour-class frigates, three Heroine-class submarines, three Warrior-class patrol vessels, three T-class patrol vessels, three River-class mine countermeasures vessels, and twenty-one Namacurra-class harbour patrol boats. The Support Fleet is made up of one replenishment vessel, one Hecla-class survey vessel, and three tugboats. The navy also includes an infantry-trained special forces unit called the Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS).

References[change | change source]

  1. Port Elizabeth Naval Volunteer Brigade that was raised in 1861
  1. Helfrich, Kim. "SANDF not meeting staffing targets". Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  2. Wingrin, Dean (2 February 2018). "New Master-At-Arms for the Navy". Defenceweb. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.