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6 South African Infantry Battalion
Active 1 January 1962
Country  South Africa
Allegiance
  •  Republic of South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
Branch
Type Air assault infantry
Garrison/HQ Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Motto(s) Aliis Melius
Engagements South African Border War
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col Altin J. Gysman

6 South African Infantry Battalion is an air assault infantry unit of the South African Army.

History[edit | edit source]

6 SAI was established on January 1, 1962 at Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.[1] The battalion became operational on the 1970.[1] 6 SAI took part in Operation Protea and during Operation Daisy in Angola.[1] The battalion has since become an air assault infantry unit specifically trained to deploy via helicopters.[1] The battalion was deployed again in April 2013 to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade.[2][3][4][5][6][7] On the 28 August 2014, after their return from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the battalion was honoured with a Freedom of the City parade through Grahamstown.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

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  8. "6SAI honoured in Grahamstown parade". Daily Dispatch. 29 August 2014. http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/6sai-honoured-in-grahamstown-parade/. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 

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