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SAAF Regiment

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The South African Air Force Regiment was the Training Establishment for all SAAF Security Squadron Personnel, located at Boston, AFB Hoedspruit. It became the SAAF Basic Training Establishment after the Air Force Gymnasium was closed down in Valhalla and moved to Hoedspruit. The SAAF Regiment was the parent unit for the individual Security Squadrons (numbererd between 500 and 526) based around the country (and the Operational Area), with each squadron roughly company-sized depending on the training course or unit applicable. Personnel from the SAAF Regiment manned light AA guns at a number of SAAF airfields during the Bush War, and provided personnel for, amongst others, regimental police (RPs for gates), general security, reaction force and other miscellaneous functions like signallers or administration assistance to the commanders etc.


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14824Posted by

Chris Mulder
on 12 May

RE: SAAF Regiment

Served as part of SAAF Regiment from 1986 myself, training at Boston, Hoedspruit (also call Hell Camp) then with 515 squadron based at Ondangwa... was moved to Central Flying School Dunnottar after that...

As far as I know the squadrons you already have on your page like 515, 503 etc still formed part of SAAF Regiment that was the parent regiment for the individual squadrons based around the country (and the border) so if you were in say 515 squadron you were still a member of SAAF Regiment if that makes sense

The squadron was basically a company... size depended on the training course or unit you were serving at... 515 had 250 men at full strength in 87 on Ondangs... the squadrons were made up of "Flights" the equivalent of a squad or platoon... these varied in size from about 15-30 men depending and we're normally named by number or phonetic letter e.g. Flight 5 or Echo Flight (Vlug)

Each of the protection squadrons also often divided the men up into different functions required... Regimental Police (RPs for gates), general security, reaction force and other miscellaneous functions like signallers or administration assistance to the commanders etc. On bases in within SA there were also dog handlers mixed into the squadrons that although part of SAAF Regiment did their 2nd phase training at Bourkes Luck dog handler school.
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