When World War Two broke out, the SA Naval Service had three officers and three ratings, and no ships.
By the end of 1945 9455 men had served on about 78 ships. These included trawlers and whalers but also three Loch Class frigates.
This video includes some interesting footage, including that of the naval guns on the Cape Coast, SAAF Ansons, and Women Artillery spotters.
Watch for the sewing incident!
Film courtesy of OkraJoe