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5 Forward Delivery Squadron
SADF era 5 Forward Delivery Squadron emblem.png
5 Forward Delivery Squadron emblem
Active 1972
Country  South Africa
Allegiance
  •  Republic of South Africa
Branch
Type Armoured Replenishment
Size Squadron
Part of South African Army Armoured Corps
Army Conventional Reserve

5 Forward Delivery Squadron was an armour recovery and replenishment squadron of the South African Army Armoured Corps. The squadron was responsible for reissuing and moving tanks and heavy armour between bases and operational areas utilising heavy duty flatbed vehicles.[1]

Origin[edit | edit source]

Tanks suffer mechanical or electrical breakdown and have to be repaired from time to time. Crews would mend problems if they could. The next step would be that tanks squadron's fitters, then the field workshops and finally the Brigades workshops. After the tank had been repaired it could either go back to its unit or could go to the Brigades Forward Delivery Squadron. The FDS was the channel for new or re-worked tanks and for replacement crews.[2]

SADF Process of Tank Recovery Repair and Replenishment

Command Structure[edit | edit source]

5 Forward Air Delivery was seconded to the Command of 81 Armoured Brigade.

Insignia[edit | edit source]

5 Forward Delivery Squadron shoulder flash

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Englebrecht, Leon (9 February 2010). "Fact file: The SA Armoured Corps". DefenceWeb. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. "Customs, Traditions, History and Insignia" (PDF). SA Armour Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 13, 2012.

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