6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment

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6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
SADF 6 Light Antiaircraft Regiment emblem.jpg
6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment emblem
Active1 April 1965 – present
Country South Africa
Allegiance
Branch
TypeReserve Artillery
Part of
Garrison/HQBrakpan
Motto(s)
Insignia
Collar BadgeBursting grenade with seven flames
Beret ColourOxford Blue
Battery emblemsSANDF anti aircraft company emblems
Beret bar circa 1992SANDF Anti Aircraft beret bar

6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment is an artillery regiment of the South African Army.

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment was officially established on 1 April 1965 with its headquarters in Brakpan at the headquarters of Regiment Oos Transvaal until 1968. It transferred to Springs, whereafter it moved to Johannesburg in 1979.[1]

Border War[edit]

The regiment took part in Operation Savannah in 1976 as part of 73 Brigade, part of 7 South African Infantry Division. Two batteries of 35mm Oerlikon GDF AA guns were mobilised for duty on the SWA border to protect Grootfontein and Rundu.

Freedom of Entry[edit]

The unit exercised its freedom of entry into Johannesburg on the 9th of November 2013 as part of the centenary celebrations of the City of Johannesburg with fixed bayonets, colours flying and drums beating.

Leadership[edit]

The first commanding officer was Commandant Dick Inngs, who retired in 1977. He was succeeded by Commandant Nick Irish.

Regimental Symbols[edit]

Previous Dress Insignia[edit]

SADF era 6 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment insignia

Battle Honours[edit]

  • Operation Savannah

References[edit]

  1. ^ "6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment" (PDF). Defence Reserves Republic of South Africa. Retrieved 30 June 2018.