THE Namibian Navy commemorated 15 years of existence with residents with an open day that allowed the public to learn more about the specific division of the Namibian Defence Force activities.
The celebrations started with a parade through the streets of Walvis Bay where the Namibian Navy accommodate all its main bases and functions After the parade an open day was held at the Captain PN Sacharia Naval Base.
The open day meant members of the public could board the vessels used in defence of Namibia’s strategic resources to see for themselves what the hardware looks like.
The Marines also held a demonstration with their vehicles and weapons to showcase their capabilities. Members of the public were also allowed to get a closer look at some of the weapons and were afforded the opportunity to chat to the tough men and women who serve as Namibian Marines.
The development of Namibia’s navy has been slow, and the force was only formally established in 2004, fourteen years after Namibia’s 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 original core leadership group consisted of command and staff officers. They completed their studies in 1998 from the Admiral Wandenkolk Instruction Center in Rio de Janeiro.
The Maritime wing headquarters was established in 1998, while the construction of the Naval Base in Walvis Bay started in 2000.