Namibian Marine Corps

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Namibian Marine Corps
Namibian marines logo.jpg
Active 22 July 2016 – present
(6 years, 4 months)
AllegianceConstitution of Namibia
TypeAmphibious infantry
Part ofNamibian Navy
Garrison/HQWalvis Bay, Namibia
Commander-In-ChiefHage Geingob
Minister of DefenceFrans Kapofi
Namibian Navy CommanderRear Admiral Sinsy Nghipandua
Marine Corps CommandantCaptain (naval) Appolos Haimbala

The Namibian Marines Corps is the Naval Infantry of Namibia and is part of the Namibian Navy and the Namibian Defence Force.


The Marine Corps are a recent addition to the Namibian Defence Force due to the gradual establishment of the Namibian Navy. The first Marines were trained in Brazil in 2005. The Marine Commandant is subordinate to the Commander of the Namibian Navy. The current Marine Corps Commandant is Captain Appolos Haimbala.[1]


Aspirant Marines are trained in Namibia by a combination of Namibian instructors as well as the Brazilian Military Advisory Team (BRAZMATT) based in Walvis Bay at the Naval Training School. The first course to complete before induction as a marine is the Marines Soldier Formation Course that lasts for five months, after completion induction into the marine corps takes place and the marine is promoted to the rank of able seaman. Marines specializing in infantry are required complete a six-month infantry specialization course.[2] The Marine Amphibious Commandos Special Operations Course is the toughest course in the corps and has a one-in-two failure rate; its courses last a year.[2][3]

Force Structure[edit]

During its infancy Navy Chief of Naval Support indicated that the short-term goal was to have a force consisting of Marine Corps Infantry Company, Service Support Company, Provost Company and Brass Band. However due operation requirements, a Marine Battalion with own organic rapid Reaction, Operational Boats Unit and Operational Diving teams is envisioned.[4]

  • Rapid Reaction Force
    • Marine Corps Infantry Battalion
    • Service Support Company
    • Provost Company
    • Brass Band
  • Amphibious Special Operations Unit
  • Operational Boats Unit
  • Operational Diving Team

Rapid Reaction Force[edit]

Marines from the Operational Boat Unit on parade in downtown Windhoek on 20 March 2015 during Namibia's Independence celebrations

A Light infantry unit responsible for protection of static, forward and naval bases.[5]

Marine Corps Infantry Battalion[edit]

The Marine Corps Infantry Battalion is the unit responsible for undertaking armed marine operations. A full marine battalion has been raised initially from a single company.[6]

Service Support Company[edit]

Service support company provides direct and indirect sustainment services to the Marine Battalion as it conducts operations. Support service offered by the sub-unit includes but not limited to:

  • Quartermaster
  • Finance
  • Medical
  • Transportation

Provost Company[edit]

The provost company is responsible for the policing of Navy service personnel.

Brass Band[edit]

The performs musical duties for military functions and any other apolitical functions for the general public. The band emulates the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the 5 bands of the Royal Marines Band Service. The Brass Band performs at many important events every year, ant is considered and integral state funerals, state arrival ceremonies, state dinners, parades, and other social events. Although it is a naval band in the Namibian Navy, it is a separate unit from the navy's flagship ensemble, the Namibian Navy Band.

Amphibious Commandos Unit[edit]

Provides Amphibious Special Operations capability to the Navy.

Operational Boat Unit[edit]

Conducts small boat patrols particularity in the riverine area's of the Zambezi Region's Zambezi River and Chobe River.

Operational Diving Unit[edit]

It is a clearance diving unit that specializes in the disposal of hazardous materials.[5] Its role varies depending on the situation, with duties ranging from counter terrorism to explosive ordnance disposal.


Marines Corps infantry are deployed on Namibian Navy vessels and shore installations.

Marine Corps equipment[edit]


AK-47 АК-47.jpg Assault Rifle 7.62×39mm  Soviet Union
AK-105[7] AK-105 Avtomat Kalashnikova.jpg Assault Rifle 5.45x39 mm  Russia
AK-103[7] Assault Rifle 7.62x39 mm  Russia
Norinco CQ-A Norinco CQ-A 20 Inch.jpg Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm  China


Vityaz-SN[7] OSN Saturn special purpose unit (506-20).jpg Submachine gun 9x19 mm  Russia
FAMAE SAF DCB Shooting FAMAE.jpg Submachine gun 9x19 mm  Chile


PKP Pecheneg[7] PKP Pecheneg Conscript day in Moscow 2011.jpg Machine gun 7.62x54 mm  Russia
RPK[7] Machine Gun RPK.jpg Machine gun 7.62x39 mm  Soviet Union
Kord machine gun[7] 12,7-мм пулемет Корд - Интерполитех-2011 01.jpg Machine gun 12.7×108mm  Soviet Union

Grenades and Grenade Launchers[edit]

AGS-30[7] AGS-30 maks2009.jpg Grenade Launcher 30 mm  Russia
GP-34[7] Georgian under barrel grenade launchers stc delta (3).JPG Grenade Launcher 40 mm  Soviet Union

Anti-Tank Weapons[edit]

RPG-7 RPG-7 detached.jpg Grenade Launcher  Soviet Union


Ranks and Insignia[edit]

Marine Corps ranks are based on Commonwealth Navy ranks.

The highest peacetime rank a commissioned officer can attain in the Marine Corps is Captain. Career progression in the force for Marine officers is possible well beyond the rank of Navy Captain. A Marine officer can be posted outside the Marine unit and progress up the ranks to the singular appointment of Chief of Defence Force. The highest rank an enlisted member can attain is Warrant Officer Class 1, but the highest appointment they can hold is the Namibian Defence Force Sergeant Major.

Commissioned officers
Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Namibian Marine Corps
Generic-Navy-8.svg Generic-Navy-6.svg Generic-Navy-5.svg Generic-Navy-4.svg Generic-Navy-3.svg Generic-Navy-2.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Marine Commandant Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Midshipman
Non-commissioned officers/Other ranks
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Namibian Marine Corps
06-Namibia Navy-WO1.svg 05-Namibia Navy-WO2.svg 04-Namibia Navy-CPO.svg 03-Namibia Navy-PO.svg 02-Namibia Navy-LS.svg 01-Namibia Navy-AB.svg No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading seaman Able seaman Seaman


External Videos[edit]

External video
video icon Namibian Marines tackling an obstacle course
video icon A video of the Marines performing tactical demonstration


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  4. ^ Lotto, S (December 2013). "Marine Corps Undertake Section Commander Course". NDF Journal. 50: 13.
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  6. ^ "- The Namibian".
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