Maintenance of security


The Protection Force Personnel provide a vital service to all Naval units, by making sure the environment is secure and safe. The Protection Branch is divided into two elements:
  • Landward – covering shore based protection and security
  • Seaward – covering the naval harbour facilities and deep-sea anchorage.

If you are selected for the protection branch you will complete a ten weeks functional part 1 course presented in Simon’s Town. Some of the subjects covered on this course are: Roadblocks; Searching of vehicles and buildings; Clearing of buildings; Cordoning-Off of buildings; Weapon handling (which includes the 9mm pistol, shotgun, R5 rifle and Basic explosives; evacuation procedures in the event of fires and Bomb Scares; Protection of the Vulnerable Parts of the Base; EVACUTION Procedures in the event of fires and Bomb Scares; protection of the Vulnerable Parts of the Base, Escorting of VIPs; etc.

Once you have successfully completed the functional part 1, you can be staffed at a number of naval units, where you will be responsible for Access Control at the establishment. You may also be required to assist South Africa Police Service with Roadblocks and Maritime Coastal Management with anti-poaching.

You also have the opportunity to broaden your career by joining the following fields in Protection:

  • Dog handling which includes
  • Security
  • Attack
  • Drug and ammunition (sniffer)
  • Boats crew (Harbour Patrol Boats)
  • Coxswain Part 1 (semi-rigids)

As you progress through the ranks you can get the opportunity to become a Coxswain by completing a Coxswain Part 2 (10m vessels) course or to become a VIP Protector. Once you have all the necessary qualifications, you can apply to be staffed in the Maritime Reaction Squadron mustering.

Three members from the Shore Patrol Unit (Able Seamen) monitoring the streets
of Simon's Town in co-operation with a Protection Force member


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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