Military Skills Development Passing Out Parade
Article and photos by AB S.C Chengan
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On the 12th of June 2012 SAS
SALDANHA hosted a media briefing at the unit in
preparation for the MSD Passing out Parade which will
take place on the 14th of June 2012. Ten journalist from
different newspapers and media ranging from SABC News,
Die Burger, New age and the Argus attended.
After six months of
intensive training, 290 learners will be graduating. The
spirits are high and the learners are grateful to have
made it to the end.
Capt V. Pillay interviewed by SABC NEWS explaining the
Training the learners go through
On arrival, media
given a presentation by Officer Commanding Capt V.Pillay
explaining the training process the learners undergo
during their 6 month stay at SAS SALDANHA prior to
graduating. The journalists were taken on a short tour of the
unit to witness a day in the life of a “Troopie”.
media tours varied from watching learners handling weapons
to visiting the swimming pool to watch activities in the
Reporters interviewed the
young learners and asked questions about what they have
learnt during their military skills development
programme. The responses from the interviewed MSDs were
overwhelmingly positive and heartfelt.
They told the interviewers how much they've learnt and
also commented on their newly acquired ability to swim. Many MSDs arriving 6 months
previously had a fear of swimming. They
are proud to say now that they have overcome their fear
of the water and leave as disciplined sailors.
The atmosphere at SAS
SALDANHA is buzzing with activity leading up to the
passing out parade. The whole of the ship's company are
chipping in to lend a hand to make the Passing out
Parade a memorable day for the MSDs and their visiting family
members. It is expected that the MSD January 2012 intake
will leave SAS SALDANHA- and
continue their careers as disciplined sailors.