The South African Navy’s Gunnery Branch is made up of
members trained as Weapons Operators whose duties onboard
ships are mainly to control, operate and maintain all
weapons onboard and the safe stowage of ammunition.
Member’s interested in becoming a Gunner must be:
- Medically fit for sea
- Not have a speech impediment
- Have no hearing deficiencies (no hearing aids, for obvious
- Have no eye deficiencies in respect of colour blindness, as
colour plays an important role in distinguishing between Friend
and Foe and System Status.
MSD learners in this mustering undergo a six months Gunnery
learning opportunity conducted at the Maritime Warfare Training
Centre in Simon’s Town and include:
- Basic operation of the Target Designation Systems, which is
one of the sub-units of the Fire Control System
- Command and Control of all Close Range Weapons and the
- The Combat Management System – a learner must be able to
identify and understand the Operations Centre setup with regard
to operator’s consoles and the weapons used
- Operational safety
- The identification of ammunition and pyrotechnics by means
of colour, stencil and hazard markings
- Small arms used by the South African Navy and how to strip,
assemble and operate them in the field.
The Small Arms Module is SAQA (South African Quality Agency)
accredited which is a requirement in the private sector, if you own
a fire arm. It can also open doors for you for employment in the
Well-disciplined sailors are needed here. So if you want to be at
the sharp end of the South African Navy, this is definitely the
mustering for you!!!