Roll Call: 3 Parachute Battalion Charlie Company

Programme Notes: CTMT 2004

Although they participated in the CTMT 2004, there was no separate entry for them in the programme notes.

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2007

11-3-para-action-6“3 Parachute Battalion is a Reserve Force battalion which was formed in the 1970’s. It is now a battalion of 44 Parachute Regiment, and consists of companies headquartered in various South African cities. C Company is the Capc Town sub-unit, and is generally regarded as the most active one in the battalion.

C Company is based at Fort Ikapa, the Reserve Force base outside Capc Town proper, where it has its own state of the art training hangar. Members all hold normal civilian jobs but are expected to maintain the traditional paratrooper esprit de corps, discipline, fitness and skills.” (CTMT 2007)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2015

“3 Parachute Battalion is a Reserve Force battalion, which was formed in 1973. It is now a battalion of 44 Parachute Regiment, which is the South African Army’s chief airborne infantry unit, based at the Tempe military base near Bloemfontein. Paratroopers from the regiment  participated in the South African Border War (1966 to 1989) in northern Namibia and southern  Angola, as well as in internal operations in South Africa in the years leading up to the first  democratic elections in 1994. Since then, soldiers from the regiment have been active in peacekeeping operations on the African continent, most notably in Burundi (2001), the Central African Republic (2012) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (2014).

3 Parachute Battalion consists of companies headquartered in various South African cities.  Charlie Company is the Cape Town sub-unit and is generally regarded as the most active one in  the battalion.

Charlie Company is based at Fort Ikapa, the Reserve Force base outside Cape Town proper,  where it has its own state-of-the-art training hangar. Members hold normal civilian jobs but are  expected to maintain the traditional paratrooper esprit de corps, discipline, fitness and skills.” (CTMT 2015)