Fleet Command (SA Navy)
Fleet Command is the South African Navy's single type command and controls all vessels and units of the South African Navy, besides Naval Headquarters. The commander of Fleet Command is a Rear Admiral and referred to as Flag Officer Fleet (FOF). The post was previously known as Chief of Naval Operations.
|Active||1999 to date|
|Branch||South African Navy|
|Garrison/HQ||Naval Base Simon's Town|
|Flag Officer Fleet||RADM Bubele Mhlana|
|Fleet Master at Arms||CWO I Kirchner|
Command, control and organisation
- Director Fleet Force Preparations (DFPP)
- Director Fleet Human Resources (DFHR)
- Director Fleet Quality Assurance (DFQA)
- Director Fleet Logistics (DFL)
|Flag Officer Fleet||Rear Admiral Bubele Mhlana|
|Chief of Fleet Staff||Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Leslie Katerinic|
|Director Fleet Force Preparation||Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Solly Petersen|
|Director Fleet Human Resources||Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) L. Metu|
|Director Fleet Quality Assurance||Captain Kevin Packer|
|Director Fleet Logistics||Rear Admiral (Junior Grade)|
|Director Naval Engineering Services||Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Kevin Watson|
|FOC Naval Base Simon's Town||Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Joseph Dlamini|
Director Fleet Force Preparations is responsible for the day-to-day running of the ships and submarines and for ensuring their operational readiness. The Maritime Reaction Squadron and Navcomcens also report into DFFP.
Maritime Reaction Squadron
The main aim of this specialised unit is to deploy infantry-trained South African Navy members in various peacekeeping roles within the African continent and to assist in boarding operations at sea, humanitarian operations and disaster relief.
The squadron consists of the following components:
- Operational Boat Division (OBD), with 10 Namacurra-class harbour patrol boats and six Lima-class utility landing craft
- Reaction Force Division (RFD), consisting of one naval infantry company with a command and support element
- Operational Diving Division (ODD), consisting of four operational diving teams (ODT) of 17 divers
Director Fleet Human Resources is responsible for all training and manning and also controls the training units.
- SAS Saldanha - located on the West Coast and provides training and development for ratings
- SAS Wingfield - located in the Greater Cape Town area; provides practical training for apprentices and the technical musterings
- SAS Simonsberg - training in gunnery, anti-submarine warfare, communications, diving and seamanship
- South African Naval College Gordon's Bay - training college for naval officers
- Maritime Warfare School, Simonstown
- NBCD School - nuclear, biological, and damage control training
Director Fleet Logistics is responsible for all Logistics units as well as for the maintenance of the fleet.
Director Fleet Quality Assurance is responsible for the output of Fleet Command and monitoring Quality Assurance throughout Fleet Command.
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