Subject to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, and the laws governing the defence of the RSA and Departmental Direction:
  • the core business of the SA Navy is........fighting at sea;
  • the mission of the SA Navy win at sea;
  • the vision of the SA Navy be unchallenged at sea;
  • the slogan of the SA Navy is........."Unchallenged at Sea"

What does it mean?

  • Regional Reach
    • the ability to operate and sustain forces throughout the Southern Oceans and Southern African littoral
  • Balance of Force Capabilities
    • the size and shape of the SA Navy giving coherent military capability across all relevant areas of maritime warfare, together with the ability to operate these balanced forces effectively, giving battle winning combat capability
  • Interoperability
    • the ability to operate jointly or in combination with whatever other forces may be required, whether the South African Armed Forces, the Armed Forces of the UN, the Armed Forces of the SADC or other nations or civilian authorities
  • Information Superiority
    • the ability to use information to achieve mission success by increased situational awareness, interoperability and increased speed of information flow, whilst protecting and preserving own information assets
  • Quality
    • the ability to provide forces which are completely fit for purpose as and when required
  • Will
    • the willingness of individuals, units and the Command chain to become completely engaged in whatever task, from low intensity peacetime activities to high intensity warfighting, with utter determination to succeed
  • Respect
    • being an admired yardstick against which similar sized navies throughout the world judge themselves

We have all signed the Code of Conduct, thereby confirming that we are obliged to conform to the content.  We have all surely read the Code but are we fully aware of what it means to us, and how we must conduct ourselves to conform to the content.  For this reason I have amplified the content below to try to explain exactly what each paragraph of the Code means to us as professional Navy members.  We as members of the SANDF must realise that on signing this Code we are obliged to fulfill its conditions.

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Measurable objective: Defend and protect the RSA by maintaining and providing prepared and supported maritime combat forces, services and facilities.

It is this (the Cape Sea Route) route that is the Navy's ward. It is the Navy's duty to police it…. To watch it…. To care for its users - the mercantile fleets of the world. For this they work, and while doing it, the grey ships can strengthen the bonds of friendship with our neighbours, and can make new friends, and can hold all that is best in maintaining the brotherhood of the sea. Then they are doing their proper appointed peacetime task. They are the 'Grey Diplomats'.

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Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane was born on 06 July 1962 in Frankfort (Orange Free State), but he grew up in Vaal Triangle in a small township called Bophelong (Vanderbijl Park). He started school in 1970 at Mqiniswa Combined School (Bophelong in Vaal Triangle), he completed his Junior Secondary School in 1980 at Lebohang Junior Secondary School (Boipatong) where he obtained his Junior Certificate. In 1982 he completed his matric at State Senior Secondary School (Sebokeng).
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SA Navy Dress Regulations. We wear our uniform with pride in a manner, which makes it clear that we are professional and competent, desirous in proving to our nation that we represent their will and resolve.
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The South African Navy's earliest beginnings can be traced to the Port Elizabeth Naval Volunteer Brigade that was raised in 1861, but seems to have merged with a volunteer artillery unit in the following year. On 30 April 1885 a part-time unit named the Natal Naval Volunteers (NNV) was formed in Durban. 

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The SAS DRAKENSBERG comes alongside Staten Island, New York (1996)

Unlikely Ambassadors - Flag-Showing Cruises by South African Warships, 1922-2002

On 1 April 2002, the South African Navy (SAN) was 80 years old. At that stage a large number of the members of the Navy were involved in planning for the arrival of four new frigates and three new submarines, or had already commenced training for service on board the new ships and submarines.

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