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Martyn Trainor
Nickname Spook
Born 13 January 1944(1944-01-13) (age 77)
Place of birth Cape Town
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South African Navy
Years of service 1962-2004
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held

Vice Admiral Martyn Trainor ' SD SM MMM SAN (Rtd) (born 13 January 1944)[1] is a retired South African Navy Officer, who served as Chief of Corporate Staff of the South African National Defence Force.[2]

Naval career[]

He joined the Navy in 1962[1] and attended the South African Military Academy, graduating in 1965. He served on Frigates and Minesweepers before volunteering for the Submarine service.

He commanded Naval Base Durban and the Naval Staff College.[1] He was promoted to Commodore in 1989 and appointed Chief of Naval Staff Personnel. On 1 September 1992 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Naval Support.[3] and Chief of Fleet Staff Personnel.[2][3]

He was appointed Chief of Corporate Staff on 1 November 2000 and promoted to Vice Admiral.[1] He retired from the Navy in 2004.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Vuthela, Nomonde (April 2004). "Admiral comes to an end of an era". pp. 25. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Retief word hoof van Vloot in November". Die Burger. September 28, 2000. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lötter, Francois (August 6, 1992). "Simpson-Anderson word nuwe Hoof van die Vloot". Beeld. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
Military offices
New title Chief of Corporate Staff
Succeeded by
Themba Matanzima
Preceded by
Robert Simpson-Anderson
Chief of Naval Support
Succeeded by
Refiloe Johannes Mudimu

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