South Africa Defence Force
Walvis Bay Command Signal Unit 1980 - 1993
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0007]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0006]
Beret Button Breast badge
The Command 'Button' badge is round and has a golden whale on a dark blue background.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0323]
Walvis Bay Brief History: The Walvis Bay was an annexed extension to the Cape British colony. When the Cape became part of the South Africa Union on 31st May 1961 Walvis Bay remained as an extension to the Cape Province and under its administration. Walvis Bay was given to the new Country on Namibia by the South Africa Government as an independence gift in 1990.
This is an example of pair of Walvis Bay Command Signal Unit flashes. These are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
Note: Many formations have left and right handed badges and some have the colour sequence also handed. This said, there are examples of badges that are reversed in both aspects. I have seen a right shoulder flash (SA 0007) with the whale facing the other way but only once.
When the territory status was upgraded in July 1978 and the Troop was increased to Squadron strength to reflect.
The Walvis Bay Command Signal Units insignia is a whale (‘Walvis’ being Afrikaans/Dutch for whale) on a shield of the Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue.
Pocket or Breast badge
Breast or Pocket badge is a size reduced shield of the same construction and design as the larger shoulder flash. It is secured by two stick pins to a leather or vinyl fob and is buttoned on to the breast pocket.