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1 Marine Brigade - (14 members)

The Marine Brigade was set up as a separate branch of the Navy in 1979, to give the Navy a ground force to protect its bases and facilities, and for the protection of National Key Points falling withing the Navy's responsibilities. It comprised of three sub-units, Viking and Eagle Companies, and the Amphibious Boat Squadron. It was disbanded in 1990 as part of overall SADF rationalisation.


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2383Posted by

Roscoe van Muylwyk
on 11 December

RE: Marines

The Marines corps was set up as a sub-branch of the Navy in 1979, with the primary purpose of protecting harbours.

Marines were also deployed at Katima Mulilo in South West Africa during the South African Border War, where they were responsible for patrolling the Zambezi River. The Marines also acted as regular infantry at the Border until 1988 as well as performing counter-insurgency operations inside South Africa.

The Marines trained and fielded a small reconnaissance detachment between 1983 and 1988, based from 111HPU [Harbor Protection Unit] on Red Hill above Simonstown, they received airborne, diver and urban counter measures training from other army units within the SADF. During township duties in the mid 1980's the detachment used facilities at SAS Rand in Johannesburg and on Signal Hill outside of Heidelberg.

Lastly, the Marines had an amphibious landing capability by operating from SAS Tafelberg.

The Marines were disbanded in 1989, following a major
restructuring of the Navy at the end of the South African Border War.

It seems that the SA Navy has commissioned a Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) in December of 2008.

From the Navy Website.. "Amongst the roles that MRS fulfill are deploying sailors for various peace-keeping roles on the African continent, ....... ,as well as assisting in boarding operations at sea and to assist in humanitarian operations and disaster relief. C Navy ordered the formation of a unit that could fulfill a specific mandate in 2005. At the time various SA Navy personnel were involved in peace-keeping operations on the African continent, including VIP protection, observer missions and conducting border patrols in the Great Lakes region. However it was decided to develop a specialist unit to combine all these different roles, including operational diving operations."

See our Facebook page:

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2383Posted by

Roscoe van Muylwyk
on 11 December

RE: Marines

The Marines corps was set up as a sub-branch of the Navy in 1979, with the primary purpose of protecting harbours.

Marines were also deployed at Katima Mulilo in South West Africa during the South African Border War, where they were responsible for patrolling the Zambezi River. The Marines also acted as regular infantry at the Border until 1988 as well as performing counter-insurgency operations inside South Africa.

The Marines trained and fielded a small reconnaissance detachment between 1983 and 1988, based from 111HPU [Harbor Protection Unit] on Red Hill above Simonstown, they received airborne, diver and urban counter measures training from other army units within the SADF. During township duties in the mid 1980's the detachment used facilities at SAS Rand in Johannesburg and on Signal Hill outside of Heidelberg.

Lastly, the Marines had an amphibious landing capability by operating from SAS Tafelberg.

The Marines were disbanded in 1989, following a major
restructuring of the Navy at the end of the South African Border War.

It seems that the SA Navy has commissioned a Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) in December of 2008.

From the Navy Website.. "Amongst the roles that MRS fulfill are deploying sailors for various peace-keeping roles on the African continent, ....... ,as well as assisting in boarding operations at sea and to assist in humanitarian operations and disaster relief. C Navy ordered the formation of a unit that could fulfill a specific mandate in 2005. At the time various SA Navy personnel were involved in peace-keeping operations on the African continent, including VIP protection, observer missions and conducting border patrols in the Great Lakes region. However it was decided to develop a specialist unit to combine all these different roles, including operational diving operations."

See our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/SAMarines/
...

13696Posted by

Gerald Males
on 18 November

RE: 1 Marine Brigade

The second marine force was formed in 1979 in order to enable the South African Navy to take a greater part in counter-insurgency operations. A brigade strength unit was envisaged and was designated as 1 Marine Brigade. However, training and operational units never exceeded one or two battalions in strength. The initial vision was for a fully sea-born amphibious brigade that could be deployed on operations in the southern Angolan and Mozambique regions / ports. However, budget cuts, a greater emphasis on land based raids into southern Angola by the SADF as well as the strong defensive capabilities of the major Angolan ports led to the original plans being changed. A more limited role role was envisaged, which included developing a force capable of providing beachhead protection to allow the extraction of special forces when required.Furthermore, the Marines deployed Marine Companies which operated as regular infantry but were also responsible for conducting riverine patrols in the eastern Caprivi of the north eastern Border of South West Africa until 1988. Thereafter their role became that of conducting counter-insurgency operations inside South Africa while small Marine platoon sized units performed harbour protection duties using Namacurra Class Harbour Protection Boats (HPB's) in the major South African harbours.The Marines also trained and fielded a small reconnaissance detachment between 1983 and 1989. Based opposite the submariners, within the same basin, within Simonstown harbour, they came under the direct control of the Marine Commanding Officer (and not with 111 Harbour Protection Unit (HPU) at the open anchorage boathouse) , they received infantry, airborne, diver, reconnaissance and urban counter meassures training from other army units within the SADF. A limited Marine amphibious landing capability, using Delta boat landing craft from SAS Tafelberg, was retained until the brigade was disbanded.Establishment and TrainingThe initial officer cadre of the brigade was drawn from South African Infantry units as well as a number of officers from the Rhodesian forces. Senior NCO’s were selected from the South African Navy and Rhodesian Light Infantry squadrons. Officers were required to complete all SADF infantry training courses as well as specialised navy training courses for promotional purposes. Recruit training focused on regimental training as well as conventional warfare, which was then followed by rural counter-insurgency operations. After this training, some recruits moved into specialist fields whilst the majority were posted on a rotational basis to naval units and to operational deployments in South West Africa. Advanced training was carried out with 44 Parachute Brigade for conventional amphibious operations, with 4 Reconnaissance Regiment (See South African Special Forces Brigade) for small tactics amphibious operations and with 1 Reconnaissance Regiment in Durban for advanced urban counter-insurgency operations. Forward Observ...

13697Posted by

Gerald Males
on 18 November

RE: 1 Marine Brigade

These are the Marines who died serving their Country
[Information supplied by Gerald Males] ...

13698Posted by

Gerald Males
on 18 November

RE: 1 Marine Brigade

For some unknown reason his name isn't on the wall, but he was there
[Information supplied by Gerald Males] ...

13713Posted by

Gerald Males
on 18 November
 
YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1981
1
1983
2
1985
1
TOTAL:
4

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