Orders, decorations, and medals of Namibia

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The Republic of Namibia has an honours system comprising orders, medals, military decorations, and police decorations. Legislation also provides for the establishment of decorations and medals for the intelligence service,[1] the prisons service,[2] and the fire services.[3]

These honours and awards superseded those used by the then territory of South West Africa before independence in 1990.

Orders[edit]

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The following orders are conferred by the President of Namibia:[4]

  • Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis (1995- ) — for the President and other heads of state.
  • Most Brilliant Order of the Sun (born 1995) — for meritorious service.
  • Most Excellent Order of the Eagle (born 1995) — for diplomatic services.
  • Order of the Mukorob (born 1995) — for meritorious military service.
  • Most Distinguished Order of Namibia (born 1995) — for meritorious service.

Medals[edit]

  • Independence Medal (1995) — to commemorate the independence of Namibia in 1990.
  • Liberation Medal (1995) — for services connected with the liberation of Namibia from South African administration.

Namibian Defence Force[edit]

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The Namibian Defence Force has the following decorations and medals:

  • Namibian Cross for Bravery: Gold
  • Namibian Cross for Bravery: Silver
  • Namibian Cross for Bravery: Bronze

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  • Campaign Medal — for service in military operations, e.g. in East Timor and Sierra Leone.
  • Medal of Honour — presented to the next-of-kin of NDF personnel who are killed on service.

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  • Service Medal: Gold — for 30 years service in the NDF.
  • Service Medal: Silver — for 20 years service in the NDF.
  • Service Medal: Bronze — for 10 years service in the NDF.

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  • Namibian Champion Shot Medal — for the winners of the annual shooting championships.

Namibian Police Force[edit]

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The Namibian Police Force has the following decorations and medals[5]

  • NP Cross of Honour (CH) (2003- ) — for a very exceptional death-defying act of conspicuous bravery.
  • NP Cross for Bravery (CB) (2003- ) — for an act of bravery in great danger.
  • Decoration for Outstanding Meritorious Svce of the Highest Order (OMS) (2003- ) — for outstanding meritorious service of the highest order (officers only).
  • Decoration for Outstanding Meritorious Service and Utmost Devotion to Duty (DSD) (2003- ) — for outstanding meritorious service and utmost devotion to duty (other ranks only).
  • Commendation Medal (2003- ) — for special service of a high order.

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  • Campaign Medal (2003- ) — for service in operations.
  • Medal of Honour (2003- ) — presented to the next-of-kin of NPF personnel who are killed in the execution of their duties.
  • Wound Medal (2003- ) — for being severely wounded in the execution of duty.

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  • NP Service Medal: Gold (2003- ) — for 30 years service in the NPF.
  • NP Service Medal: Silver (2003- ) — for 20 years service in the NPF.
  • NP Service Medal: Bronze (2003- ) — for 10 years service in the NPF.
  • Reservist Medal (2003- ) — for 5 years service as a police reservist.
  • Honourable Discharge Medal (2003- ) — awarded on honourable discharge from the NPF.

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  • President's Shottist Medal (2003- ) — for the winners of the annual shooting championships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Namibia Central Intelligence Service Regulations (Government Gazette 1876 (5 June 1998))
  2. ^ Regulations for the Administration and Control of the Namibian Prisons Service (Government Gazette 2643 (8 November 2001))
  3. ^ Local Authorities Fire Brigade Services Act 2006 (Government Gazette 3760 (29 December 2006))
  4. ^ Proclamation No 2 of 1995 (Government Gazette 1048 (17 March 1995))
  5. ^ Regulations relating to the award of decorations and medals to members of the Namibian Police Force (Government Gazette 2997 (20 June 2003)

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