South Sea Islands Defence Force

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South Sea Islands Defence Force
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Nation: South Sea Islands South Sea Islands
Commander in Chief: HRM King Josephus
Headquarters: Regulbium Barracks, Grand Wulfram
Branches: Land Force, Air Support Service, Naval Protection Service
Manpower: 3,000 (approx)

The South Sea Islands Defence Force (otherwise know as the SSIDF or the Yellow Flashes) is the armed service of the South Sea Islands.

The primary duty of the SSIDF is the protection of the territory and interests of the South Sea Islands, including the nation's exclusive economic area. Additionally, the force may also be called upon to protect, preserve and repatriate citizens abroad, as well as participate in the peacekeeping missions and the defence of allied nations.

Command Structure

The Commander in Chief of the SSIDF is His Royal Majesty King Josephus, with day to day responsibilities delegated to the Lieutenant Governor of the South Sea Islands. While the force is nominally split into three branches (land, air and sea respectively) the three share a common command and control structure, and work in close cooperation.

The South Sea Islands Defence force is headquartered at Regulbium Barracks on Grand Wulfram Island, while a small administrative division is also maintained in Joseph Town.

Land Force

The Land Force of the SSIDF consists of the following units:

The SSDFI Land Force specialises in territorial defence in a polar environment, counter-insurgency, parachute landings and mobile air defence.

Air Support Service

The Air Support Service of the SSIDF currently operates the following aircraft:

The Air Support Service provides helicopters to the Naval Protection Service, as well as providing airlift, casualty evacuation and close support for the Land Force. The Service's NH-76 Dromosker helicopters can be equipped with air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles in addition to heavy machine guns, enabling them to be deployed in a variety of roles.

Naval Protection Service

Six Seafox-class corvettes are currently in service with the Naval Protection Service:

  • SSIDF Glory
  • SSIDF Ardent
  • SSIDF Steadfast
  • SSIDF Repulse
  • SSIDF Sir Galahad
  • SSIDF Shield

The naval forces of the SSIDF are primarily engaged in anti-piracy, fisheries protection, sea rescue and reassurance patrols, with at least four the ships at sea at any one time. Additionally, the corvettes have been adapted to allow them to deploy mines in the event of a national emergency.

In addition to military vessels, the Naval Protection Service also operations the Royal Survey Ship Madison. The lightly armed Logistic Support Vessel was retrofitted with a reinforced hull, allowing it to undertake minor ice breaking operations in support of the Prince Æthelstan Research Station. Built in Shireroth, the sale of the vessel to the South Sea Islands was facilitated by the Honourable Company of the ESB Group.

Deployments

International Mandate

At the request of the government of the International Mandate for the Settlements in Apollonia, approximately two hundred members of the SSIDF were deployed on a peacekeeping mission in the International Mandate in 1687 AN. Based at Camp Gloucester, the aims of the deployment were to reinforce the internationally recognised border and preserve peace and stability in the surrounding territory.

In 1693 AN the Government of the South Sea Islands announced that the deployment in the International Mandate would come to an end.This was confirmed and formalised by the Military Withdrawal Act (1693, South Sea Islands). The permanent deployment was replaced by seasonal visits from the R.S.S. Madison.

Trinity Redoubt

With the assistance of civilian contractors, elements of the South Sea Islands Defence Force are currently undertaking a major construction project in the vicinity of Joseph Town. Known as Trinity Redoubt, the deployment aims to create a network of secure bunkers, tunnels, storage and accommodation areas in the mountainous area south of the city, forming part of the South Sea Islands' civil defence contingency plans.