Navy numbers boosted by MSD passing out parade


A hundred and seventy-two young men and women successfully completed the initial stage of Military Skills Development (MSD) and will do functional training ahead of being posted to the ships and submarines of the SA Navy.

This was the gist of the message given to the newly minted seamen and women during a passing out parade at SAS Saldanha by Navy Chief Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane on 27 June.

He had a stirring message of patriotism and service for the SA Navy MSD intake of 2019, even though a number of them will not make the transition to full-time service in two years when MSD training is completed, due mainly to “financial challenges” facing the maritime service of the SA National Defence Force.

“Each and every one of us pledges to serve and defend our country and its people in accordance with the Constitution. This is a duty that should not be taken lightly because we pledge to do so with honour, dignity, courage and integrity. We do this whenever and wherever we call on at the risk of our own lives. These are the values in our Code of Conduct which are demanded of each of us wearing this uniform in service of South Africa and its people.

“The raison d’etre of the Navy is to defence and protect South Africa and its maritime zones. In order for us to do so, you are required to be at sea, serving in our ships and submarines,” Hlongwane told the parade.

He also gave the parade an insight into his views on discipline.

“I will not tolerate indiscipline or delinquent behaviour such as being AWOL, disobeying lawful commands, misuse of State resources of acts of criminality. I expect you to be disciplined sailors and uphold the Code of Conduct at all times. I further expect to you perform your duties in the most cost effective and efficient manner, given the enormous financial challenges the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) faces.”