South Sea Islands Defence Force
|Nation:||South Sea Islands|
|Commander in Chief:||HRM King Josephus|
|Headquarters:||Regulbium Barracks, Grand Wulfram|
|Branches:||Land Force, Air Support Service, Naval Protection Service|
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.
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.
The Land Force of the SSIDF consists of the following units:
- Rapid Response Group: 480 commando light-infantrymen divided into four numerically named squadrons.
- Combat Support Services Regiment: 1,200 infantrymen.
- GHQ Troop: 40 command and control staff.
- Trinity Island Motorised Detachment: 9 Snatch Land Rovers) and support troops.
- Grand Wulfram Motorised Detachment: 4 Horjin CV56 IFVs, 16 Snatch Land Rovers) and support troops.
- Signals & Courier Section: 1 radio equipped LandFara Command Vehicle, 20 off-road variant motorcycles and support troops.
- Area Defence Detachment: 4 Rapier air-defence systems and x6 Blaecscúr MRLS).
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.
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.
At the request of the government of the International Mandate for the Settlements in Apollonia, approximately two hundred members of the SSIDF are currently deployed on a peacekeeping mission in the International Mandate. Based at Camp_Gloucester, the aims of the deployment are the reinforcement of the internationally recognised border and the preservation of peace and stability in the surrounding territory.
The deployment was announced in (1687 AN and is expected to last approximately two years.
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.