5 Reconnaissance Regiment / 5 Special Forces Regiment
"WE FEAR NAUGHT BUT GOD"
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.
5 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:-
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.
Credo of 5SFR
5SFR unit memorial
Unveiling of the Regimental Colours
The Regiment received it's Regimental Colours on 5 December 1988. It is seen here during the formal parade held at Schiettocht Base to celebrate the event.
During the Battle of Bangui that took place in the Central African Republic during March 2013, members of 5SFR distinguished themselves in battle and some members were decorated for bravery with the Silver Leopard and the Bronze Leopard.
The unit was allowed to add the name of the battle to their Regimental Colours. Faces of serving SA Special Forces operators are blacked out.
Updated : Aug 2016