Unit Emblem AFB Hoedspruit

 

AFB Hoedspruit
   
 
 

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History
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 Vision and Mission

VISION

BASTION FOR AIR POWER EXCELLENCE.

AIM

WE LAY THE CORNERSTONE FOR FUTURE FIGHTER CAPABILITIES WITHIN THE SA AIR FORCE.

MISSION

WITH OUR UNIQUE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE PROFESSIONAL CAPABILITIES OF OUR PEOPLE WE CONDUCT FIGHTER TRAINING, SAFE AIR OPERATIONS AND CONTRIBUTE TO REGIONAL STABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT.

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Commitment by members

As a member of AFB Hoedspruit I obey the SANDF Code of Conduct, and I commit myself to:

THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR CLIENTS WHO UTILISE OUR PRODUCTS, FACILITIES AND SERVICES.

MY COLLEAGUES AT AFB HOEDSPRUIT AND THEIR FAMILIES.

THE COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE LIVE AND WORK.

THE SA AIR FORCE AND ITS CORE BUSINESS.

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History

In 1974 after the South African Air Force identified the need for an Operational Air Force Base in the Eastern Lowveld area, the farms Suikerkop, Boston and Zark were bought by the State. The conceptual planning of Air Force Base Hoedspruit started in 1975, and the subsequent years saw more detailed planning.

On 27 June 1977 the first turf was spaded on the terrain that would later be known as "Air Force Base Hoedspruit". Less than a year later, on 8 March 1978, the first Buccaneer landed on the new runway. The base was officially opened on 1 July 1978 by the then Minister of Defence, Minister P.W. Botha.

The first houses in the domestic area Drakensig were awarded to new members in September 1978, and in December 1978, 2 Squadron, the "Flying Cheetahs", arrived at AFB Hoedspruit. They were followed by 1 Squadron, which arrived two years later in December. 31 Squadron (helicopters) was established during January 1982. 2 Squadron was deactivated in 1990 and reactivated at AFB Louis Trichardt in 1993. 1 Squadron became inactive when the Mirage F1’s were taken out of service in Nov 1997. As a result of rationalisation, 31 Squadron was disbanded in December 1992. 85 Combat Flying School arrived during January 1993. 8 Squadron arrived during January of 1999. In August 2000 the roles and functions of 8 Squadron were transferred to 85 Combat Flying School. Presently the Base accommodates 85 Combat Flying School, Lowveld Airspace Control Sector (LASS), 514 Security Squadron, 101 Reserve Squadron and 7 Air Servicing Unit.

Colonel P.F. Gouws was appointed as the first Officer Commanding of Air Force Base Hoedspruit and was followed by Colonel P.D. Steyn, Colonel C.B. Lombard, Colonel M.M.S. Venter, Brigadier General J.C.S. van der Merwe, and Brigadier General J.J. Rankin. The current Officer Commanding of Air Force Base Hoedspruit Brigadier General P. du Plessis took over command from Brigadier General C.D. Eksteen on 1 February 2000.

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 Location

Air Force Base Hoedspruit is situated about 14 kilometers from the town Hoedspruit in the Eastern Lowveld. It is situated 440 km from Pretoria, 160 km from Nelspruit, 75 km from Phalaborwa and 120 km from Tzaneen. Drakensig, the domestic area of the base, is about 12 km west of the base and 3 km from the town Hoedspruit.

 

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