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    TH no doubt Theo Honiball.
    His father was the cartoonist T.J. Honiball of Adoons the baboon fame.
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    These were all Submarine Commanding Officers. The person rear fourth from right is Admiral L.J. Woodburne, who, along with Colonel Jan Breytenbach, who founded the Parachute Bn, 32 Bn and the SA Special Forces (Recces), were the only two ever recipients of the Van Riebeeck Decoration. This was awarded for their joint clandestine submarine mission to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania during which the British High Commissioners Rolls Royce and several other targets were destroyed using explosives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    These were all Submarine Commanding Officers. The person rear fourth from right is Admiral L.J. Woodburne, who, along with Colonel Jan Breytenbach, who founded the Parachute Bn, 32 Bn and the SA Special Forces (Recces), were the only two ever recipients of the Van Riebeeck Decoration. This was awarded for their joint clandestine submarine mission to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania during which the British High Commissioners Rolls Royce and several other targets were destroyed using explosives.

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    They had a secret mission to destroy a car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    They had a secret mission to destroy a car?
    No Rainier. The primary target and objective was not the car. That just presented itself as a target of opportunity which fitted into the objective of the mission.
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    No Rainier. The primary target and objective was not the car. That just presented itself as a target of opportunity which fitted into the objective of the mission.
    What was the objective?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    What was the objective?
    The objective was strategic:

    In 1972 he captained the brand new Emily Hobhouse submarine, which disembarked a six-strong team of special forces operatives under the command of Jan Breytenbach off the coast of Tanzania.

    This was during the civil war in Mozambique between the Portuguese colonialists and Frelimo guerrillas, who were being harboured by Julius Nyerere's Tanzanian government. The aim of the operation, during which Breytenbach and his team blew up power lines and bridges, was to cause friction between the Tanzanian government and their Frelimo guests by making it look like this was the work of the guerillas.
    It was the first major operation involving South Africa's fledgling submarine service. Woodburne had recently returned with the Emily Hobhouse from the dockyards in Toulouse, France, where it had been built. It was also the first joint operation between the navy and special forces.
    It was considered a high-risk operation because there was a real danger of the submarine being caught on the surface while off-loading Breytenbach, his men and their kayaks.
    Tanzanian patrol boats, known to be in the area and armed with machine guns and rocket launchers, could easily have shot it up.

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    The SAS Emily Hobhouse landed Special Forces troops, led by Commandant Jan Breytenbach, off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1972. This mission earned Woodburne the Van Riebeeck Decoration, together with Breytenbach. He later went on to serve with the Special Forces between1978 and 1983.

    The citation for his Van Riebeeck Decoration reads:
    Lieutenant Commander Lambert Woodburne distinguished himself by displaying outstanding leadership, perseverance and devotion to duty in a special task of a delicate and dangerous nature during 1972. One occasion, during that year, he was placed in command of an extremely sensitive task in the interest of the security of the State, in the execution of which a great deal had to be relied upon his own judgement and initiative and which demanded positive and dynamic leadership from him. He tackled and executed this difficult task with great courage and daring and, with his personal example, inspired the other members of the team that took part in this task. His positive leadership, perseverance in the face of great odds and his outstanding devotion to duty undoubtedly played a decisive role in the successful execution of the task.
    Colonel Jan breytenbach also earned his Van Riebeeck Decoration for this mission. Warrant Officers Koos Moorcroft (Special Forces), Ken Brewin (SA Navy) and two others were awarded the Van Riebeeck Medal for the operation.

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