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29 March 2012


The South African Navy notes the recent tragic passing of Admiral Hugo Biermann SSA SD (OBE) with deep regret.

His contribution to supporting the collective endeavours of the international maritime community will be long remembered, and his tragic death mourned by navies throughout the world.

Admiral Biermann will long be remembered in the annals of our Naval History. He presided over the creation of our Country’s first fleet, and commanded as the first Chief of the South African Navy from 1958 – 1972, and office which he held with distinction. He also held office as Commander Maritime Defence, and served as the Chief of the South African Defence Force from 1972-1976.

His is a legacy which is known and respected by so very many of us. His professionalism, keen sense of duty, and pride in matters maritime served as an example to all who knew him, and he has come to epitomise much that we seek to be as naval professionals.

The legacy created by Admiral Biermann will serve as an inspiration to navies universally for many years to come.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.


ISSUED BY: South African Navy Headquarters