Johan Retief

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Johan Frans Retief
Born (1946-03-20)20 March 1946
Cape Town, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South African Navy
Years of service 1967-2005
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of the South African Navy
Inspector General SANDF
Chief of Naval Operations
SAS Jim Fouche

Vice Admiral Johan Retief PG SD SM MMM, South African Navy (Retired) was the Chief of the South African Navy from 2000 to 2005.

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.[1]

He was appointed an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and was selected to attended the Torpedo and Anti-Submarine course at HMS Vernon in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

He joined the Strike Craft Flotilla, initially as training officer[2] at the inception of the project in 1975. He was the Commissioning Captain of SAS Jim Fouche.

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.

He was promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed Chief of the South African Navy on 1 November 2000.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

PGlint.gif iPhrothiya yeGolide (PG)[4]
SDlint.gif Southern Cross Decoration (SD)
SM1lint.gif Southern Cross Medal (SM)
MMM 5 5 12 5 5.jpg Military Merit Medal (MMM)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Military Academy Roll of Best Students
  2. ^ "Johan Retief | Who's Who SA". Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Fact file: Chiefs of the South African Navy". DefenceWeb. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  4. ^ Netshirembe, Lutuno (2011). "CAF Medal parade". Ad Astra (1): 25. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Simpson-Anderson
Chief of the South African Navy
Succeeded by
Refiloe Johannes Mudimu