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South African Navy
Naval Ensign of South Africa.svg
The flag of the South African Navy
Active 1861 – present
Country  South Africa
Type Navy
Size 6,104 (Active)
1,000 (Reserve)
Part of South African National Defence Force
Garrison/HQ Saldanha Bay, Simon's Town, Durban
Colors Green and White
Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu
Master at Arms of the Navy Senior Chief Warrant Officer Pragasen Moodley
ADM Hugo Biermann

The South African Navy is the navy of the South African National Defence Force. The role of the South African Navy is to conduct naval operations in defence of the Republic of South Africa.

The current organisation of the South African Navy dates back to 1 April 1922, when the South African Naval Service (SANS) was created. (However, colonial naval volunteer units date back as far as 1861.) The South African Naval Service was later expanded and renamed to the South African Naval Forces (SANF). In 1951, the South African Naval Forces was renamed to the South African Navy and the ship title HMSAS (His Majesty's South African Ship) was changed to SAS (South African Ship) one year later.


The South African Navy has a strength of 6,104 active military personnel. The navy is divided into a Combat Fleet and a Support Fleet. The Combat Fleet is made up of five Valour-class frigates, three Heroine-class submarines, three Warrior-class patrol vessels, three T-class patrol vessels, three River-class mine countermeasures vessels, and twenty-one Namacurra-class harbour patrol boats. The Support Fleet is made up of one replenishment vessel, one Hecla-class survey vessel, and three tugboats. The navy also includes an infantry-trained special forces unit called the Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS).

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