|South African Navy - (0 members)
On 1 May 1946, the South African Naval Service (SANS) was reconstituted as part of the Union Defence Force (UDF), and renamed to South African Navy (SAN) [Afr: Suid-Afrikaanse Vloot] on 1 July 1951. The title of HMSAS (His Majesty's South African Ship) was changed to SAS (South African Ship) in 1952, and the Crown in the SAN cap badge was replaced with the Lion of Nassau from the crest of the country's coat of arms in 1959, two years before South Africa became a republic. The SAN could no longer fulfil its earlier role, but had to turn its attention fully to the protection of the South African coast, harbours and fisheries. It was reincorporated into the new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in 1994.
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