Operational Diving Division (SA Navy)

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The Operational Diving Division is part of the South African Navy's Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) that was formed as the Naval Rapid Deployment Force (NRDF) in 2006.[1][2]

The Division consists of the training wing and the operational wing of four operational diving teams of 17 divers.[3] These teams of combat divers are trained in mine-countermeasures, search and recovery and underwater explosives as a war time role. During peace time they are tasked also with assisting dry docking, underwater welding/cutting/repairs, and their continual role in assisting arms of service from other nations (Lesotho, Tanzania) and in crime fighting in collaboration with the police.

Training[edit]

Training is conducted at the Diving school at SAS Simonsberg, which was established on 1 April 1957 after the signing of the Simonstown Agreement.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RDF Training in Touwsriver" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  2. ^ "Exercise Xena testing Maritime Reaction Squadron". DefenceWeb. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  3. ^ "SA Navy to commission Maritime Reaction Squadron". DefenceWeb. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  4. ^ "SADF.info".
  5. ^ Rottman, G; Pitta, R (27 May 1993). South African Special Forces. Elite. p. 31. ISBN 9781855322943.