The Chief Navy’s farewell dinner for R Adm (JG)
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Chief of the SA Navy’s
Farewell Dinner for R Adm (JG) J.E Louw was held at the
SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane on 07 August 2012.
Senior officers of past and present gathered to
celebrate this special and important evening with R Adm
(JG) J.E. Louw and Mrs Louw. The purpose of the
farewell dinner was to honour the great work that R Adm
(JG) Louw had done in the years that he had spent in the
R Adm(JG) Louw bidding his farewell
Admirals and friends made
speeches and shared their experiences with R Adm (JG)
J.E. Louw. Apart from serving at sea for a long
time and improving a lot of facilities, R Adm Louw was
particularly instrumental in fighting the challenges of
poverty within the Simon’s Town local community.
He was particularly the brains behind the SA Navy’s
involvement in the young sailing development project
Master At Arms of the SA
Navy, Senior Chief Warrant Officer P. Moodley thanked R
Adm (JG) Louw for giving him an opportunity of being the
Directing Staff after he had completed his MTR3 course
in SAS SALDANHA. SCWO Moodley mentioned that he
learned that you must grasp every opportunity that you
get, learn and inspire others. SCWO Moodley said R
Adm (JG) Louw used to lead by example, he made efforts
to make things happen and he used to assist young
“R Adm (JG) Louw was a
role-model to lot of people in the SA Navy and his
history in the SA Navy will be forever captured.
He taught people to always smile because if you smile
the world will smile back at you and to be a sailor is
to be responsible and take pride in the military culture”
said R Adm (JG) Gumede.
Chief of the Navy (C Navy),
V Adm J. Mudimu said “it is a great pride to talk about
a leader, friend and colleague such as R Adm (JG) Louw,
a man of perseverance, a leader of integrity” and C Navy
mentioned that he knew from the first engagement with R Adm (JG) Louw that they will make a great team. “R Adm (JG) Louw’s work will be long remembered and his
kindness never forgotten” reiterated C Navy.
“R Adm (JG) Louw leaves
a footprint of loyalty, respect and love. He made
possibilities to become realities and created a
foundation of legacy that will never be forgotten.
He pursued his academic aspirations and has participated
constructively for social developments throughout
society. His is a man that never said I can’t,
it’s impossible or there’s no money” said C Navy in
honour in this remarkable stalwart.
R Adm(JG) Louw and Mrs Louw the honourary guests during
Bidding his farewell R Adm
(JG) Louw said he had spent 41 years in the SA Navy and
one would ask why or was it worth it? But the important
thing is that he has done his work and people achieved
what they were supposed to achieve from him. He
loved the military and the chance to meet people of
different cultures and languages that worked with him in
the SA Navy.