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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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LeMatinal (Communiqué de presse) (Inscription) (Blog)
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0800

Vu l'impact de l'accident, 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 immatriculé 4263 AG 07 a quitté la ...

L'express.mu

L'express.mu
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:27:01 -0800

Les enquêteurs de la Criminal Investigation Division (CID) de la division Sud ont, durant la journée d'hier, vendredi 14 novembre, interrogé quatre personnes dans le cadre de l'enquête sur l'incident survenu mercredi à Nouvelle-France. Ces personnes ...

L'express.mu

L'express.mu
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:24:55 -0700

Dans leur plainte, les parents de Vivek soutiennent que le lendemain, les soldats de la Special Mobile Force (SMF) ont fouillé un grand trou pour y enfouir les plaques de béton. Ils reprochent à l'État de n'avoir pas pris plus tôt les mesures ...
 
LeMatinal
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:19:44 -0700

Entre-temps, des barrages routiers seront érigés avec l'appui des éléments de la Special Mobile Force (SMF) pour la fouille des véhicules suspects. En temps normal, cet exercice se déroule pendant les week-ends sur le littoral et près des boîtes de ...

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 ...

defenceWeb

defenceWeb
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 03:13:00 -0700

Mauritius does not have a standing army as all military and security activities are carried out by the National Police Force, Special Mobile Force and National Coast Guard. The Special Mobile Force is designed primarily to ensure internal security. The ...

L'express.mu

L'express.mu
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:50:21 -0700

C'était l'effervescence aux Casernes centrales, ce dimanche 5 octobre. 362 éléments de la force policière ont été promus. La police compte ainsi quinze nouveaux assistants commissaires de police, vingt surintendants, 99 assistants surintendants, 178 ...
 
L'express.mu
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:24:25 -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 ...
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