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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.

Alliances[edit]

External links[edit]


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5 news items

L'express.mu

L'express.mu
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:41:15 -0700

L'Emergency Response Unit, les pompiers, des représentants du National Disaster Coordination Committee, la Special Mobile Force, la Red Cross, entre autres, se sont mobilisées. «Cet exercice vise à informer les habitants sur ce qu'il faut faire et ne ...
 
LeMatinal
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:37:30 -0700

Plusieurs victimes s'étaient retrouvées coincées sous le véhicule et il a fallu l'intervention des pompiers et de la Special Mobile Force pour les extirper. Selon les informations, l'autobus avait quitté la gare de Vacoas pour se diriger vers Port ...

L'express.mu

L'express.mu
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:06:43 -0700

Des officiers du ministère de l'Environnement et ceux de la Santé étaient également. présents pour évaluer les risques de pollution et d'intoxication. Quelques soldats de la Special Mobile Force étaient aussi sur les lieux, prêts à intervenir, en cas ...
 
L'express.mu
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:24:30 -0700

Une fuite de gaz provenant d'un lieu de stockage de la Compagnie mauricienne de textile, situé à La-Tour-Koenig, est à l'origine d'un incendie qui a éclaté vers 7 heures du matin, ce samedi 16 août. Pendant que les pompiers tentaient de maîtriser le ...
 
LeMatinal
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:24:27 -0700

La police et les sapeurs pompiers ont été rapidement alertés. Des éléments de la Special Mobile Force ont également été appelés en renfort. Par ailleurs, des officiers du ministère de l'Environnement s'étaient aussi rendus sur place pour évaluer les ...
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