Namibian Navy

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Namibian Navy
Namibian Navy Logo.jpg
Official Emblem, NN
Active 10 October 2004 – present
(13 years, 11 months)
Country  Namibia
Allegiance Constitution of Namibia
Type Brown-water navy
Size 1200[1]
Part of Namibian Defence Force
Garrison/HQ Walvis Bay, Namibia
Anniversaries 11 September 1998(Namibian Defence Force Maritime Wing),[2] 10 October 2004 (Namibian Navy)
Commander In Chief President Hage Geingob
Minister of Defence Penda Ya Ndakolo
Navy Commander Rear Admiral Sinsy Nghipandua
Naval Ensign Flag of Namibia.svg

The Namibian Navy is the Maritime Warfare Branch of the Namibian Defence Force.


Namibian Navy sailors on parade in downtown Windhoek on 20 March 2015 during Namibia's Independence celebration

Development of Namibia's navy has been slow, and the force was only formally established in 2004, fourteen years after independence. Extensive Brazilian aid has assisted in the development of the Namibian Navy. The original core group of personnel was only sent to Brazil in 1995 after Walvis Bay was integrated into Namibia in 1994. This group consisted of command and staff officers. They completed their studies in 1998 from the Admiral Wandenkolk Instruction Center in Rio de Janeiro.[3] The Maritime wing headquarters was established in 1998, while in 2000 the Navy base construction at Walvis Bay started.[3] Consisting of approximately 1200 personnel the Navy deploys a small number of lightly armed patrol vessels. The first maritime wing commander was Captain Phestus Sacharia. The first ship to be commissioned into service was the donated patrol boat Oryx in 2002.[4] Brazil and Namibia signed an agreement in 2004 for the delivery of a patrol boat and two smaller patrol craft. The newly built 200 ton patrol boat NS Brendan Simbwaye, built at the Brazilian shipyard INACE, was commissioned on January 19, 2009.[5] An ongoing co-operation program allows Namibian sailors and naval officers to be trained by the Brazilian Navy; by 2009, 466 seamen had been trained. Brazil also provided assistance in preparing a nautical chart of the approach to Walvis Bay and consulting in charting the outer limits of the continental shelf.[6] The Brazilian Navy has also trained the Namibian Marine Corps.[7]



The Ministry of Defence has outlined the Naval policy as follows:

"In peacetime, the Navy of the NDF have a role of augmenting civil offshore patrol forces, particularly providing the means and the expertise to execute enforcement action effectively. Specific tasks include assisting civil forces to combat illegal immigration, smuggling (arms, drugs etc.) and threats to the environment; conducting maritime surveillance, search and rescue; and assisting the Ministry of Fisheries with enforcing a fisheries protection regime. A longer term peacetime task is the protection of offshore oil, gas, diamonds and other installations. A navy aerial surveillance component is a necessary part of the defence system."[8]



Name Picture Origin Class Type Built Entered service (LNF) Notes
Combat Support Squadron
S11 Elephant Namibian Navy vessel.JPG  China Elephant class Logistics Support Vessel 2012 2012 Multipurpose offshore Patrol and logistics vessel built at Wuhan Shipyard.
Coastal Patrol Boat Squadron
P11 Brendan Simbwaye NPa Grajaú (P-40).jpg  Brazil Grajau Class Patrol Boat 2009 2010 Hull P11
P01 Oryx  Germany Oryx Class Patrol Boat 1975 2002 Transferred from Namibian Fisheries ministry to Navy
Combat Squadron
C12 Daures[9] 駐港部隊艦艇大隊037II型-771導彈艦.JPG  China Type 037 corvette Class [10] Corvette 2017 Ex PLAN
C13 Brukkaros[9] 駐港部隊艦艇大隊037II型-771導彈艦.JPG  China Type 037 corvette[10] Patrol Boat 2017 Ex PLAN
Harbor Patrol Squadron
HPB20 Terrace Bay AviPa Barracuda (LP-02).jpg  Brazil Marlim Class Patrol Craft 2009 2010 Hull HPB20
HPB21 Möwe Bay AviPa Barracuda (LP-02).jpg  Brazil Marlim Class Patrol Craft 2009 2010 Hull HPB21
HPB01 and HPB02 Namacurra harbour patrol boat.jpg  South Africa Namacurra class harbour patrol boat Donated by the South African Navy

Other boats[edit]

In 2012/2013 the Namibian Navy ordered 19 new craft from Kobus Naval Design and Veercraft Marine of South Africa.[11]

  • 5 Four meter Rowboats[11]
  • 5 Six meter RHIBs
  • 2 Six Meter Harbor Patrol Boats
  • 2 Eight Meter Boarding Boats
  • 2 Eight Meter Swamp Boats
  • 1 Eleven Meter Landing Craft
  • 2 Fourteen Meter Interceptors[12]

Decommissioned ships[edit]


Naval base[edit]

The naval base is situated at the port of Walvis Bay. The base was inaugurated in 2012 though its building was completed in 2004. It is officially known as the Naval Base Captain PN Sacharia. Captain Phestus Nopoundjuu Sacharia (d. 2002) was the then Maritime Wing's first commander and was instrumental in its establishment. The base has a 200 meter long jetty. The current base Commanding Officer is Captain Armas Iigonda who succeed Captain Richard Kopano.[14] The base also houses the navy headquarters.

Naval Calling Station[edit]

The Naval Calling Station is based at Namibia's only other harbour town, Luderitz.[15] The commanding officer of the unit is Commander Natangwe Hekandjo,[16] he succeeded Coomander Simiranü Elia Ndiyaamena who had succeeded commander Armas Iigonda.[17]

Naval Training School[edit]

The Training School is located at the Rooikop Military base.[15] It was founded in 2009.[18] The school's Commandant is Marine Captain(N) Lazarus Erastus. Currently the school only trains junior naval ratings, administratively its divided into two wings namely the Sailors Training Wing and Marine Training Wing.[19] Courses offered at the school are the Basic Seamanship for sailors, Marine Soldier Specialization and Marine Section Commander Courses for marines.[19]

Old Naval Base[edit]

The 'Old Naval Base' in Walvis Bay functions as the current headquarters of the Namibian Marine Corps. The current Commandant of the Old Naval Base is Commander Rachel Tuyoleni.

Impalila Naval Base[edit]

A naval base has been constructed on Impalila Island Zambezi Region and is permanently manned by marines.[20]


The navy is a hierarchical organisation with the navy commander exercising overall command. The Navy Commander is always a 2 star flag officer who is then deputized by two 1 star flag officers heading the Naval Operations and the Naval Support directorates. The two directorates are made up of divisions headed by Chiefs of Staff(COS) who are usually Captain(N). Division of Naval Plans & Naval Operations falls under Naval Operations Directorate, while Naval Personnel & Naval ICT falls under Naval Support Directorate. The Navy is further augmented by the Namibian Marine Corps. The navy has 1200 personnel, most of whom have been trained in Brazil and South Africa.

Command structure[edit]

Sleeve insignia Appointment Rank and Name
Generic-Navy-O9.svg Navy Commander Rear Admiral Sinsy Ndeshi Bamba Nghipandua
UK-Navy-OF6.svg Commander Naval Operations Rear Admiral(JG) Alweendo P. Amungulu[21]
UK-Navy-OF6.svg Commander Naval Support Rear Admiral(JG) Nehemia Shikongo[22]
Generic-Navy-O7.svg Senior Staff Officer Naval Personnel Captain(N) Petrus N. Tjandja[23]
Generic-Navy-O7.svg Senior Staff Officer Naval Operations Captain(N) Davison Mwoombola[24]
Generic-Navy-O7.svg Senior Staff Officer Naval Plans Captain(N) Festus Negumbo[24]
Generic-Navy-O7.svg Senior Staff Officer Naval ICT Captain(N) Richard Kopano
Generic-Navy-O7.svg Senior Staff Officer Force Preparation Captain(N) Naftal Shuumbwa
Generic-Navy-O7.svg Marine Corps Commandant Captain(N) Appolos Haimbala
Generic-Navy-O7.svg Naval Training School Commandant Captain(N) Lazarus Erastus
Generic-Navy-O7.svg PN Sacharia Naval Base Commandant Captain(N) Armas Iigonda
Generic-Navy-O5.svg Old Naval Base Commandant Commander Rachel Tuyoleni
Generic-Navy-O5.svg Naval Calling Station Commandant Commander Natangwe Hekandjo[16]
Master at Arms of the Navy


The Namibian Marine Corps are a unit of the Navy. Its role is to provide naval infantry, amphibious, diving and small boat capability to the Navy. They are a battalion strong. The marines are trained by Brazilian naval instructors at the Naval Training School near Walvis Bay.The marine commandant is Captain Appolos Haimbala.[25]

Ranks and insignia[edit]

Naval ranks and insignia are based on the Royal Navy. Non-Commissioned Officers only retain the ranks as their insignia consists of a system of chevrons. The same ranks are also used by the Namibian Marine Corps. The highest rank in peace time a commissioned officer can attain in the navy is Rear Admiral. There may however be an exception when a naval officer is appointed as Chief of the Defence Force for which the individual which ascend to the rank of Vice-Admiral.The highest rank an enlisted member can attain is Warrant Officer Class 1 but the highest appointment is Namibian Defence Force Sergeant Major.

Officer rank insignia[edit]

Commissioned officer rank structure of the Namibian Navy
Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Rear Admiral(Junior Grade) Captain
Vadm-Can-2010.png Radm-Can-2010.png Cdre-Can-2010.png Capt(N)-Can-2010.png
VAdm RAdm(JG) Capt(N)
Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Midshipman
Cmdr-Can-2010.png Lcdr-Can-2010.png Leut-Can-2010.png Slt-Can-2010.png Aslt-Can-2010.png
Cdr LCdr Lt(N) LT(JG) Ensign Midshipman

Non-commissioned officers and other appointments[edit]

Warrant Officer's can hold the following appointments.[26]

Warrant officers

  • Warrant Officer Class 1
  • Warrant Officer Class 2

Senior ratings

  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Petty Officer

Junior ratings

  • Leading Seaman
  • Able Seaman
  • Seaman

Proficiency badges[edit]


Naval Officers,sailors and marines of the Namibian Navy Marines of the Operational Boat Unit Namibian Navy Namacurra with a fisheries patrol vessel A Marlim class patrol craft NS Daures & Brukkaros NS Brendan Simbwaye


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