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47 Survey Squadron

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47 Survey Squadron - (3 members)

After a decision to separate the SAEC's surveys and mapping responsibilities from the Quartermaster General's printing function, 47 Survey Squadron under Major F.H. du Preez, was formed on 1 April 1975. The need for military survey and mapping of the SA Army at that time was to be satisfied by this Squadron. According to Orpen & Martin a Permanent Force nucleus was thus provided for a vital Sapper task which could become even more essential if the continuing "low intensity" conflict along the border should ever worsen. In 1992 the SADF commenced restructuring and the two citizen force squadrons, 45 and 46 Survey Squadrons were brought under command of 47 Survey Squadron, only to be amalgamated on 2 June 1992 into 4 Survey and Mapping Regiment.


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From 1975

47 Survey Squadron - (3 members)

After a decision to separate the SAEC's surveys and mapping responsibilities from the Quartermaster General's printing function, 47 Survey Squadron under Major F.H. du Preez, was formed on 1 April 1975. The need for military survey and mapping of the SA Army at that time was to be satisfied by this Squadron. According to Orpen & Martin a Permanent Force nucleus was thus provided for a vital Sapper task which could become even more essential if the continuing "low intensity" conflict along the border should ever worsen. In 1992 the SADF commenced restructuring and the two citizen force squadrons, 45 and 46 Survey Squadrons were brought under command of 47 Survey Squadron, only to be amalgamated on 2 June 1992 into 4 Survey and Mapping Regiment.


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