Naval Station Durban celebrates its 10th
Article and photos by LS Hlobisile Ngcongo
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On Friday 24 August 2012,
Naval Station Durban (NS Dbn) celebrated its 10 years of
existence since its inauguration on 14 August 2002.
The stationís main function was to support maritime
operations on the East Coast of Africa. The first
Officer Commanding who was trusted with the command of
the station was Cdr D. H. Jones. After commanding
for a period of almost 7 years, Cdr Jones handed over
command on 22 January 2009 to the stationsí first Black
Officer Commanding, Cdr T.S. Mkhwanazi. The
station has since grown in its capabilities and is
currently under the command of Cdr X.P. Mgquba.
Ship's company of NS Dbn share pride in their units'
NS Dbn houses a lot of naval
history as it was during its days of being a naval base
that the station was home to all the navy strikecrafts.
Another significant part of the stationís history is the
fact that the SA Navyís strikecrafts had been designed
and built on the naval island. The station has
played a major role in various naval exercises where it
has supported many foreign vessels.
station had the privilege of celebrating its 10th
birthday in the presence of SAS AMATOLA and a medal
parade formed part of the celebration. This
was a perfect way to celebrate the stationsí
achievements with its members who were also
celebrating 10 years in the organisation.
The NS Dbn birthday arch with portrait photos of members
of the unit.
Members who were bestowed medals were as follows:
NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE GOOD SERVICE MEDAL
Lt Cdr R.B. Dulamo
98539992MC PO R.L. Chiloane
95749560MC LS J. Holmes
98116023MC LS B.L. Mthanti
98115983MC AB P. Moodley
TSHUMELO IKATELAHO MEDAL
PO F.A Mulovhedzi
WO2 G. Spenceley
91505362PE CPO C.J Botha
On completion of the medal
parade, members of the station and invited guests
enjoyed a programme of events which included a
presentation on the unitís history as well as music and
entertainment by the SA Army Band. To complete
proceedings all medal recipients were congratulated by
the OC and members of Naval Station Durban and guests
enjoyed light refreshments.
Halala Naval Station Durban Halala!