Deployed in various peacekeeping roles

'a specialised unit'

The Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) prepares and provides a combat ready Amphibious, Diving and Small Boat South African Navy capability.

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 following capacities:

  • Internal duties or external deployment as part of AU or UN peacekeeping missions
  • Boarding Parties for boarding of ships to combat piracy
  • Deployment on Naval vessels to provide security in foreign harbours
  • 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 harbours.

Maritime Reaction Squadron members in action during a tactical simulation exercise



Enquiries can be directed to: SA Navy Recruitment Centre at (012) 339 4252 or (012) 339 4421.

Mail: Navy Headquarters, Department of Defence, Private Bag X 104, Pretoria, 0001, Recruitment Section

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revision date: Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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