Navy Cross (South Africa)
|Navy Cross (South Africa)|
|Awarded by South African Defence Force
South African National Defence Force
|Awarded for||To naval personnel for exceptional courage, leadership, or skill in difficult circumstances|
|Next (higher)||Honoris Crux|
The Navy Cross (Crux Navalis) is a military decoration awarded to members of the South African Navy for bravery. It was instituted in 1991 and discontinued in 2003, but awards can still be made for acts of bravery during this period.
When the medal was first introduced it was awarded for exceptional ingenuity, resourcefulness, and ability, and extraordinary leadership, dedication, and sense of duty and personal example and courage in mortal danger (non-operational).
Later (after 1993) it was awarded for exceptional courage, leadership, skill, ingenuity or tenacity in dangerous or critical situations.
The medal was discontinued on 26 April 2003.
A silver pointed cross with the South African Navy emblem on a navy blue roundel in the centre.
The old South African Coat of Arms is stamped on the reverse
The ribbon is white with a 1 cm Navy Blue centre stripe
|Medal Number||Name||Rank||Unit||Date of action||Action cited for|
|Minaar S||Lt.||October 1994||Rescued two Recces who fell overboard during an exercise|
|0013||Schoeman M||Lt.||SAS Galeshewe||2001||rescued a Zambian general who fell overboard off SAS Galeshewe at Seal Island in 2001|
|Combrink W||Cdr.||29 November 2001||Negotiated with an armed murder suspect to hand himself over to Police|
|Lewis GS||LS||SAS Protea||16 October 2000||Navigated launch through rough seas to safety|
|Smith NC||CPO||Diving School|
|Frieslaar J M||CPO||2000||For exceptional duties performed during the fires of 2000|
|Williams D C||CPO||2000||For exceptional duties performed during the fires of 2000|
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