5 Reconnaissance Regiment / 5 Special Forces Regiment
This unit was first established as 5 Reconnaissance Commando in 1976 in
Durban, and was moved to Duku Duku in Northern Natal in 1979. In 1980, 5
Reconnaissance Regiment was moved from Duku Duku to Phalaborwa, where it has
remained ever since.
In 1981, 5 Reconnaissance Commando was re-designated
as 5 Reconnaissance Regiment.
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