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Glen Syndercombe
File:Glen Syndercombe.jpg
Born (1931-11-17)17 November 1931
Died 18 July 2005(2005-07-18) (aged 73)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Place of death Cape Town, South Africa
Allegiance South Africa
Service/branch South African Navy
Years of service 1960-1989
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of the South African Navy
SAS Scorpion
SAS Jan van Riebeeck
Awards Order of the Star of South Africa SSAS
Southern Cross Decoration SD
South African Police Star for Outstanding Service SOE
Southern Cross Medal SM
Military Merit Medal

Vice Admiral Glen Syndercombe SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, South African Navy (retired) (17 November 1931 – 18 July 2005) was a former Chief of the South African Navy.[1]

Born in Cape Town, Syndercomb attended school in Sea Point. His nautical career began in January 1948 with a two year cadetship at the SA Nautical College General Botha.[2]

Early career[edit | edit source]

His seagoing career began in the British merchant service in 1950 as a cadet, and his first command came 10 years later in South Africa's Department of Sea Fisheries when he was appointed master of the fisheries survey vessel, Sardinops.

In 1959 he managed to fit in a course of studies at the University of Southampton[1] before transferring from the merchant service to the SA Navy in 1960 as a junior officer.

Naval career[edit | edit source]

  • Joined S.A.Navy as Lieutenant in 1960.[3]
  • 1960 - 1963 Navigation Officer SAS Walvis Bay and SAS Good Hope.
  • 1963 - 1964 Long ND course, HMS Dryad.[1]
  • 1964 - 1966 Squadron Navigation Officer off 10 FS in SAS President Steyn.
  • 1966 - 1969 Officer in Charge SAN Radar School in Durban.
  • 1969 - 1972 Project Officer. Promoted to Commander.
  • 1972 - 1974 OC SAS Jan van Riebeeck - formerly the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wessex. Promoted to Commander[1]

When the SA Navy's Strike Craft flotilla was formed in 1977 in a significant milestone for the navy, Syndercombe became its first commanding officer with the rank of captain.

  • 1975 - 1977 Project Officer, strike craft.
  • 1977 - 1980 Strike craft Flotilla Commander, promoted Captain.
  • 1980 - 1982 Director Naval Operations. Promoted to Commodore[1]
  • 1982 - 1985 - Chief of Naval Staff Operations and Promoted to Rear Admiral[1]
  • 1985 - 31 March 1989 Promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed Chief of the S.A. Navy.[4]

Honours and Awards[edit | edit source]

Vice Admiral Syndercombe was awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa in April 1989

References[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Military offices
Preceded by
Andries Putter
Chief of the South African Navy
Succeeded by
Andries Putter

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