Sekhukhune Anti-Aircraft Regiment

The Sekhukhune Anti-Aircraft Regiment (formerly 6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment) is an air defence regiment of the South African Army. It is part of the South African Army Air Defence Artillery Formation. It is located in Johannesburg.

6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
Sekhukhune Anti-Aircraft Regiment
SADF 6 Light Antiaircraft Regiment emblem.jpg
6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment emblem
Active1 April 1965 – present
Country South Africa
Allegiance
Branch
TypeReserve Artillery
Part of
Garrison/HQBrakpan
Motto(s)
Insignia
Collar BadgeBursting grenade with seven flames
Beret ColourOxford Blue
Battery emblemsSANDF anti aircraft company emblems
Beret bar circa 1992SANDF Anti Aircraft beret bar
AbbreviationSAAR

HistoryEdit

6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment was officially established on 1 April 1965 with its headquarters in Brakpan at the headquarters of Regiment Oos Transvaal until 1968. It transferred to Springs, and then moved to Johannesburg in 1979.[1]

The first commanding officer was Commandant Dick Inngs, who retired in 1977. He was succeeded by Commandant Nick Irish.

Border WarEdit

The regiment took part in Operation Savannah in 1976 as part of 73 Brigade, part of 7 South African Infantry Division. Two batteries of 35mm Oerlikon GDF AA guns were mobilised for duty on the SWA border to protect Grootfontein and Rundu.

Freedom of EntryEdit

The unit exercised its freedom of entry into Johannesburg on the 9th of November 2013 as part of the centenary celebrations of the City of Johannesburg with fixed bayonets, colours flying and drums beating.

Name ChangeEdit

In August 2019, 52 Reserve Force units had their names changed to reflect the diverse military history of South Africa.[2] 6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment became the Sekhukhune Anti-Aircraft Regiment, and have 3 years to design and implement new regimental insignia.[3]

Regimental SymbolsEdit

 
SADF era 6 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment insignia

Battle HonoursEdit

  • Operation Savannah

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment" (PDF). Defence Reserves Republic of South Africa. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "New Reserve Force unit names". defenceWeb. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Renaming process has resulted in an Army structure that truly represents SA". IOL. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.