Namibian Marine Corps
Active 22 July 2016 – present
(7 years, 11 months)
AllegianceConstitution of Namibia
RoleAmphibious warfare
Anti-tank warfare
Artillery observer
Bomb disposal
Close-quarters combat
Desert warfare
Force protection
Internal security
Jungle warfare
Naval boarding
Riverine warfare
Part ofNamibian Navy
Garrison/HQWalvis Bay, Namibia
Commander-In-ChiefNangolo Mbumba
Minister of DefenceFrans Kapofi
Namibian Navy CommanderRear Admiral Alweendo Amungulu
CommandantCaptain Olavi Shipunda

The Namibian Marines Corps are the marines of Namibia and is part of the Namibian Navy and the Namibian Defence Force.


The Marine Corps are a recent addition to the Namibian Defence Force due to the gradual establishment of the Namibian Navy. The first Marines were trained in Brazil in 2005. The Marine Commandant is subordinate to the Commander of the Namibian Navy. The current Marine Corps Commandant is Captain Olavi Shipunda.[1]


Aspirant Marines are trained in Namibia by a combination of Namibian instructors and the Brazilian Military Advisory Team (BRAZMATT) based in Walvis Bay at the Naval Training School. The first course to complete before induction as a marine is the Marines Soldier Formation Course which lasts for five months, after completion induction into the marine corps takes place and the marine is promoted to the rank of able seaman. Marines specializing in infantry are required to complete a six months infantry specialization course.[2] The Marine Amphibious Commandos Special Operations Course (MACSOC) is the toughest course in the corps and has a one-in-two failure rate; its courses last a year.[2][3]

Force Structure

During the corps' infancy, the Navy Chief of Naval Support indicated that the short-term goal was to have a force consisting of a Marine Corps Infantry Company, Service Support Company, Provost Company, and Brass Band. However due to operation requirements, a Marine Battalion with its own organic rapid Reaction, Operational Boats Unit, and Operational Diving Team are envisioned.[4]

Rapid Reaction Force

Marines from the Operational Boat Unit on parade in downtown Windhoek on 20 March 2015 during Namibia's Independence celebrations

A marine light infantry unit responsible for protection of static, FOB and naval bases.[5]

Marine Corps Infantry Battalion

The Marine Corps Infantry Battalion is the unit responsible for undertaking amphibious warfare operations. A full marine battalion has been raised initially from a single company.[6]

Service Support Company

Service support company provides direct and indirect sustainment services to the Marine Battalion as it conducts operations. Support service offered by the sub-unit includes but not limited to:

Provost Company

The provost company is responsible for the policing of Navy service personnel.

Brass Band

The band performs musical duties for military functions and any other apolitical functions for the general public. The band emulates the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the 5 bands of the Royal Marines Band Service. The Brass Band performs at many important events every year, and is considered an integral part of state funerals, state arrival ceremonies, state dinners, parades, and other social events. Although it is a band in the Namibian Navy, it is a separate unit from the navy's flagship ensemble, the Namibian Navy Band.

Amphibious Commandos Unit

Provides amphibious warfare and maritime special operations capability to the Navy.

Operational Boat Unit

Conduct riverine patrol and naval bording with small boats particularly in the riverine areas of the Zambezi Region's Zambezi River and Chobe River.

Operational Diving Unit

It is a clearance diving unit that specializes in the disposal of hazardous materials.[5] Its role varies depending on the situation, with duties ranging from counterterrorism to explosive ordnance disposal.


Marines Corps infantry are deployed on Namibian Navy vessels and shore installations.

Marine Corps equipment


AK-47 Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Soviet Union
AK-105[7] Assault rifle 5.45×39mm  Russia
AK-103[7] Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Russia
Norinco CQ-A Assault rifle 5.56×45mm  China

Submachine guns

Vityaz-SN[7] Submachine gun 9×19mm  Russia
FAMAE SAF Submachine gun 9×19mm  Chile

Machine guns

PKP Pecheneg[7] Machine gun 7.62×54mm  Russia
RPK[7] Machine gun 7.62×39mm  Soviet Union
Kord machine gun[7] Machine gun 12.7×108mm  Soviet Union

Grenades and grenade launchers

AGS-30[7] Grenade launcher 30 mm  Russia
GP-34[7] Grenade launcher 40 mm  Soviet Union

Anti-tank weapons

RPG-7 Grenade launcher  Soviet Union


Ranks and insignia

Marine Corps ranks are based on Commonwealth Navy ranks.

The highest peacetime rank a commissioned officer can attain in the Marine Corps is captain. Career progression in the force for Marine officers is possible well beyond the rank of Navy captain. A Marine officer can be posted outside the Marine unit and progress up the ranks to the singular appointment of Chief of Defence Force. The highest rank an enlisted member can attain is Warrant Officer Class 1, but the highest appointment they can hold is the Namibian Defence Force Sergeant Major.

Commissioned officers
Rank group General / flag officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Namibian Marine Corps
Marine Commandant Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Midshipman
Non-commissioned officers/other ranks
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Namibian Marine Corps
No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading seaman Able seaman Seaman


External videos

External videos
video icon Namibian Marines tackling an obstacle course
video icon A video of the Marines performing tactical demonstration


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  2. ^ a b Marketing, Intouch Interactive. "Dungeon inquiry deferred - Local News - Namibian Sun".
  3. ^ "54 Namibian marines graduate". 15 December 2014.
  4. ^ Lotto, S (December 2013). "Marine Corps Undertake Section Commander Course". NDF Journal. 50: 13.
  5. ^ a b "54 Namibian marines graduate". 15 December 2014.
  6. ^ "- The Namibian".
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Defence Web. "Namibia receives Russian small arms". defenceweb. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Denel vehicles and weapons going to Namibia". 19 January 2017.