'a specialised unit'
The Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) prepares and provides a
combat ready Amphibious, Diving and Small Boat South African
The main aim of this specialised unit is to deploy
infantry-trained South African Navy members in various peacekeeping
roles within the African continent and to assist in boarding
operations at sea, humanitarian operations and disaster relief.
The MRS is divided into three sections: the Operational Boat
Division (OBD, Reaction Force Division (RFD) and the Operational
Diving Division (ODD).
Members of the Maritime Reaction Squadron are utilised in the
- Internal duties or external deployment as part of AU or UN
- Boarding Parties for boarding of ships to combat piracy
- Deployment on Naval vessels to provide security in foreign
- Air Sea Rescue and Rescue Operations
- Amphibious and Beachhead Operations
- Boats Crew for deployment with South African Navy Combatants
- Disaster Relief Operations: Domestic Diving (own Port Areas)
- Forward Deployable Bases
- Maritime Interaction Operations in Coastal Areas
- Joint Landward Operations
- Naval Fire Support Spotters
- Non-combatant Evacuation
- Protection of Deployed South African Navy Combatants
- Protection of Off-shore Assets and Resources
- Recompression and Hyperbaric Facilities (in support of the
Institute of Maritime Medicine (IMM) and Submarines)
- Riverine and Inland Patrols
- Search, Boarding and Seizure Operations
- Submarine Rescue to 60m
- Underwater Damage Control Tasks to 54m
- Underwater Searches to 54m
- Underwater Demolitions
- Underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal to 54m.
Other functions include VIP Protection Services, conduct Observer
Missions and use boats to carry out patrols.
They also deploy on Naval vessels to provide security in foreign