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Special Mobile Force
Special Mobile Force (SMF) parading, Mauritius.jpg
The Special Mobile Force celebrating its 50th anniversary
Active 1960–
Country Mauritius
Branch Mauritius Police Force
Type Paramilitary
Role National Security & Natural Disaster Relief
Size One battlegroup
Garrison/HQ Vacoas
Motto * The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. (former motto)
* We'll Do It, What Is It
Commanders
Ceremonial chief President of Mauritius

The Special Mobile Force is a paramilitary unit that serves as the main internal security force in Mauritius. As Mauritius has no dedicated military, mainly due to the cost that it would incur, the SMF forms part of the Mauritius Police Force, with its personnel on long term rotation from the police force.

History[edit]

The SMF was formed following the withdrawal of the British garrison on Mauritius in 1960. The primary task of the SMF when it was formed was to ensure the internal security of the country. As formed, the SMF was made up of members of the local police force and Mauritian veterans of the Second World War.

Organisation[edit]

The SMF is formed as a battlegroup consisting of approximately 1,500 men led by a Commanding Officer. The majority of these men form five motorised infantry companies. In addition, there are two squadrons equipped with armoured vehicles and an engineering squadron. Although the SMF is not a military unit, it is organised along military lines, with training based on basic military doctrine. Some members of the SMF undergo commando training or "specialist" training, dependent on their skills. Although the primary role of the SMF is the internal and external security of Mauritius, it is also used in several other roles such as ceremonial guards of honour, search and rescue operations, bomb disposal, debris clearance and opening of roads after cyclones and other emergencies.

Badge and motto[edit]

The badge of the SMF is made up of a wreath of oak leaves surmounted by the national coat of arms. Within the wreath are the letters S and F, with a lightning flash between them, to symbolise the letters "SMF". Beneath the wreath is a scroll with the name "Special Mobile Force Mauritius".

The first motto of the SMF was The Difficult We Do Immediately. The Impossible Takes A Little Longer. This was then changed to the current motto We'll Do It. What Is It.

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External links[edit]


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75 news items

 
AllAfrica.com
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:30:00 -0700

Upon arrival, Mr John Dramani Mahama was greeted by a 21-Gun Salute and proceeded to the inspection of the Guard of Honour of the Special Mobile Force. The Ghanaian delegation then left for State House, Le Réduit for a courtesy call on the President of ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:18:45 -0700

Organised by the Mauritius Prison Service, in collaboration with the Mauritius Police Force and the "Groupe d'Intervention de la Police Mauricienne" of the Special Mobile Force, the intensive training tested the effectiveness of response by the CERT ...
 
Le Defi Media Group
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:36:42 -0700

Les suspects Antonio Nevil Rome, Gino Gustave et Jean Paul Snorden François, un officier de la Special Mobile Force, avaient été pris en flagrant délit à Pointe-aux-Biches par l'Adsu. Lors de l'enquête préliminaire devant le tribunal de Mapou, les ...

LeMatinal (Communiqué de presse) (Blog)

LeMatinal (Communiqué de presse) (Blog)
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:15:00 -0700

Incroyable ! C'est le cas de le dire après l'épisode de dimanche dernier. En effet, une voiture de la Special Mobile Focre (SMF) a terminé sa course près du quai de Port Mathurin. Cette scène a attiré l'attention des badauds qui n'ont pas tardé à s ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:30:00 -0700

The Special Mobile Force and officers from the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management have been tasked with the destruction of the unoccupied houses and removal of asbestos in the other dwellings. They will ...

Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola News Journal
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 08:59:48 -0800

In the country of Mauritius, an island off the southeast coast of Africa, the threat of terrorism is low, but para military Superintendent Hurrydeo Ramdany, 49, a Special Mobile Force training officer, said the NETSAFA class was a great resource for ...

Island Crisis News

Island Crisis News
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:38:37 -0800

The operation already began as from yesterday itself at around 21h00 when officers of the Special Mobile Force (SMF) under the supervision of ACP Ramcharan started pulling down the green room of the VoH. The green room (which is a tent that was built ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:50:43 -0700

Air force chief announces plans for new air base in Belarus, as well as expansion of existing facilities in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. The Moscow Times reports. A Russian Air Force Beriev A-50 early warning aircraft flies with fighter jets over. A Beriev ...
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