5 Reconnaissance Regiment / 5 Special Forces Regiment
This unit was first established as 5 Reconnaissance Commando on 5 December 1976 in
Durban from where it was moved to Duku Duku in Northern Natal in January 1979.
Reconnaissance Regiment was moved from Duku Duku to Phalaborwa in 1980 where it has
remained ever since.
In 1981, 5 Reconnaissance Commando was re-designated
as 5 Reconnaissance Regiment.
The emblem of the unit was authorised on 13 February 1982 and the unit colour was awarded on 5 December 1988.
The compliment of 5 Reconnaissance Regiment
were dealt into Commandos, as follows:-
5.1. Commando – Operational
(Motto: Komesho Nonyanti)
5.2. Commando – Operational (Motto: Camels don’t
5.3. Commando – Operational (Motto: Pamberi ne Hondo)
5.4. Commando –
Operational (Small Teams)
5.5. Commando – Training
During the period
of rationalisation, re-organisation and integration, from 1992 to 1995, 5
Reconnaissance Regiment was firstly renamed 451 Parachute Battalion, before
being finally re-designated as 5 Special Forces Regiment.
In 1997, the
Special Forces School was transferred to 5 Special Forces Regiment upon the
retirement of 1 Special Forces Regiment, where the School had previously been
based. The Special Forces School was transferred out of 5 Special Forces
Regiment in 2002, to become a stand-alone unit, situated at Hammanskraal north of Pretoria.
The Commandos in 5
Special Forces Regiment were reorganized to comprise:-
5.1 Commando –
5.2 Commando – Operational Commando
Updated : May 2016