|Founded||10 October 2004|
|Allegiance||Constitution of Namibia|
|Part of||Namibian Defence Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia|
|Anniversaries||11 September 1998 (Maritime Wing)|
10 October 2004 (Navy)
|Commander In Chief||President Hage Geingob|
|Minister of Defence||Peter Vilho|
|Navy Commander||Rear Admiral Alweendo Amungulu|
Development of Namibia's navy has been slow, and the force was only formally established on 11 September 1998 as a maritime wing and in 2004 as a fully fledged navy, fourteen years after independence. Extensive Brazilian aid has assisted in the development of the Namibian Navy. Initially a group of four learners were dispatched to the Naval Academy in Brazil who got complemented by ten officers from the Namibian Army who would be the core group were sent to Brazil in August 1995 after Walvis Bay had been integrated into Namibia in 1994. This group led by Phestus Sacharia consisted of officers such as Peter Vilho, Sinsy Nghipandua, Alweendo Amungulu and Petrus Tjandja, would be the future Headquarters staff and Ship captains. Later 15 seaman were sent to Brazil for their studies as well. They completed their studies in 1998 from the Admiral Wandenkolk Instruction Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1996 the second group of six students all members of the public were also sent to Brazil for studies. The Maritime wing headquarters was established in 1998, while in 2000 the Navy base construction at Walvis Bay started.
Consisting of approximately 1200 personnel the Navy deploys a small number of lightly armed patrol vessels. The first maritime wing commander was Captain Phestus Sacharia. The first ship to be commissioned into service was the donated patrol boat Oryx in 2002. Brazil and Namibia signed an agreement in 2004 for the delivery of a patrol boat and two smaller patrol craft. The newly built 200 ton patrol boat NS Brendan Simbwaye, built at the Brazilian shipyard INACE, was commissioned on January 19, 2009.
An ongoing co-operation program allows Namibian sailors and naval officers to be trained by the Brazilian Navy; by 2009, 466 seamen had been trained. Brazil also provided assistance in preparing a nautical chart of the approach to Walvis Bay and consulting in charting the outer limits of the continental shelf. The Brazilian Navy has also trained the Namibian Marine Corps.
The Ministry of Defence has outlined the Naval policy as follows:
"In peacetime, the Navy of the NDF have a role of augmenting civil offshore patrol forces, particularly providing the means and the expertise to execute enforcement action effectively. Specific tasks include assisting civil forces to combat illegal immigration, smuggling (arms, drugs etc.) and threats to the environment; conducting maritime surveillance, search and rescue; and assisting the Ministry of Fisheries with enforcing a fisheries protection regime. A longer term peacetime task is the protection of offshore oil, gas, diamonds and other installations. A navy aerial surveillance component is a necessary part of the defence system."
The fleet is operationally divided into Squadrons, the squadron are based on the different roles of the different boats and ships, the squadrons were activated on the 24th May 2018. There are four squadrons namely:
|Name||Picture||Origin||Class||Type||Built||Entered service (LNF)||Notes|
|Combat Support Squadron|
|S11 Elephant||China||Elephant class||Logistics Support Vessel||2012||2012||Multipurpose offshore Patrol and logistics vessel built at Wuhan Shipyard.|
|Coastal Patrol Boat Squadron|
|P11 Brendan Simbwaye||Brazil||Grajaú-class patrol boat||Patrol Boat||2009||2010||Hull P11|
|NPV Oryx||Germany||Oryx Class||Patrol Boat||1975||2002||Transferred from Namibian Fisheries ministry to Navy|
|C12 Daures||China||Type 037 corvette Class ||Corvette||2017||Ex PLAN ship Wanning hull 786|
|C13 Brukkaros||China||Type 037 corvette||Corvette||2017||Ex PLAN ship Ledong Hull 748|
|Harbor Patrol Squadron|
|HPB20 Terrace Bay||Brazil||Marlim Class||Patrol Craft||2009||2010||Hull HPB20|
|HPB21 Möwe Bay||Brazil||Marlim Class||Patrol Craft||2009||2010||Hull HPB21|
|Y01 and Y10||South Africa||Namacurra class||harbour patrol boat||1980–1981||2002||Donated by the South African Navy|
In 2012/2013 the Namibian Navy ordered 19 new craft from Kobus Naval Design and Veercraft Marine of South Africa.
The naval base is situated at the port of Walvis Bay. The base was inaugurated in 2012 though its building was completed in 2004. It is officially known as the Naval Base Capt (N) P.N. Sacharia. Captain Phestus Sacharia (died 2002) was the Maritime Wing's first commander and was instrumental in its establishment. The base has a 200 meter long jetty. The current base Commanding Officer is Captain Armas Iigonda . The base also houses the navy headquarters.
The Training School is located at the Rooikop Military base. It was founded in 2009. The school's Commandant is Marine Captain(N) Lazarus Erastus. Currently the school only trains junior naval ratings, administratively its divided into two wings namely the Sailors Training Wing and Marine Training Wing. Courses offered at the school are the Basic Seamanship for sailors, Marine Soldier Specialization and Marine Section Commander Courses for marines.
The navy is a hierarchical organisation with the navy commander exercising overall command. The Navy Commander is always a 2 star flag officer who is then deputized by two 1 star flag officers heading the Naval Operations and the Naval Support directorates. The two directorates are made up of divisions headed by Chiefs of Staff(COS) who are usually Captain(N). Division of Naval Plans & Naval Operations falls under Naval Operations Directorate, while Naval Personnel & Naval ICT falls under Naval Support Directorate. The Navy is further augmented by the Namibian Marine Corps. The navy has 1200 personnel, most of whom have been trained in Brazil and South Africa.
|Sleeve insignia||Appointment||Rank and Name|
|Navy Commander||Rear Admiral Alweendo Amungulu|
|Deputy Navy Commander||Rear Admiral(JG) Sackeus !Gonteb|
|Commander Naval Operations||Rear Admiral(JG) Gotlieb Pandeni|
|Commander Naval Support||Rear Admiral(JG) Lazarus Erastus|
|Chief of Naval Staff||Captain(N) Stanley Kapuire|
|Marine Corps Commandant||Captain(N)|
|Naval Training School Commandant||Captain(N) Fanuel Iyambo|
|PN Sacharia Naval Base Commandant||Captain(N) Armas Iigonda|
|Old Naval Base Commandant||Commander|
|Naval Calling Station Commandant||Commander George A Kiimba|
|Naval Base Impalila Commandant||Commander|
|Master at Arms of the Navy||Warrant Officer class 1|
The following officers have held the appointment of Navy Commander or its previous title Maritime Wing Commander since the commissioning of the Maritime Wing on September 11, 1998
The Master at arms of the Navy is the senior most appointment a Warrant Officer Class one my hold at the Navy. Roles of the Master at Arms include ensuring that discipline, drills, dressing code, performance standards and morale of the non-commissioned officers are maintained.
The Namibian Marine Corps are a unit of the Navy. Its role is to provide naval infantry, amphibious, diving and small boat capability to the Navy. They are a battalion strong. The marines are trained by Brazilian naval instructors at the Naval Training School near Walvis Bay. The marine commandant is Captain Appolos Haimbala.
Naval ranks and insignia are based on the Royal Navy. Non-Commissioned Officers only retain the ranks as their insignia consists of a system of chevrons. The same ranks are also used by the Namibian Marine Corps. The highest rank in peace time a commissioned officer can attain in the navy is Rear Admiral. There may however be an exception when a naval officer is appointed as Chief of the Defence Force for which the individual which ascend to the rank of Vice-Admiral. The highest rank an enlisted member can attain is Warrant Officer Class 1 but the highest appointment is Namibian Defence Force Sergeant Major.
|Rank group||General/flag officers||Field/senior officers||Junior officers||Officer cadet|
| Namibian Navy
|Admiral||Vice admiral||Rear admiral||Rear admiral junior grade||Captain||Commander||Lieutenant commander||Lieutenant||Lieutenant junior grade||Ensign||Midshipman|
Warrant Officer's can hold the following appointments.
|Rank group||Senior NCOs||Junior NCOs||Enlisted|
| Namibian Navy
|Warrant officer class 1||Warrant officer class 2||Chief petty officer||Petty officer||Leading seaman||Able seaman||Seaman|
Naval Officers, sailors and marines of the Namibian Navy
Marines of the Operational Boat Unit
Namibian Navy Namacurra with a fisheries patrol vessel
NS Daures & Brukkaros
NS Brendan Simbwaye
Marlim Class HPB