|Johan Frans Retief|
20 March 1946|
Cape Town, South Africa
|Service/branch||South African Navy|
|Years of service||1967-2005|
|Commands held||Chief of the South African Navy
Inspector General SANDF
Chief of Naval Operations
SAS Jim Fouche
Retief was born on 20 March 1946 in Cape Town, matriculating at Hoerskool Jan van Riebeeck in Cape Town.
He attended the Military Academy after completing his Citizen's Force training and graduated with a Bachelor of Military Science degree in 1967 and was judged the Best Student in that year.
He was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed as Chief of Naval Operations with effect from 1 January 1993 until 30 April 1996, after which he served as Inspector-General of the South African National Defence Force.
Awards and decorations
|iPhrothiya yeGolide (PG)|
|Southern Cross Decoration (SD)|
|Southern Cross Medal(SM)|
|Military Merit Medal (MMM)|
|Chief of the South African Navy
Refiloe Johannes Mudimu
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