SA Navy bids farewell to Master Hyde

THE South African Navy bid farewell to one of its longest-serving and most devoted servants on Friday.
The Master at Arms of the SA Navy, Senior Chief Warrant Officer (SCWO) Mark Hyde, retired on Friday after 40 years of service.
The occasion was commemorated with a ceremonial Change of Office Parade.
Hyde he joined the SA Navy in January 1969. He first served on the frigate SAS Simon van der Stel as an underwater weapons rating, for a period of two years. In 1970 he was selected to go to France to become a submariner, where he qualified in 1971. He was a member of the SA Navy’s first submarine, SAS Maria van Riebeeck.
Hyde served in various posts on board submarines and the submarine SAS Flotilla for 23 years, completing the required courses for promotion and career progression during this period. Other appointments included that of Master at Arms of SA Naval Armaments Depot, before he went back to sea as the Coxswain of the Combat Support vessel, SAS Drakensberg.
Hyde was appointed as the SA Navy Master at Arms of the South African Navy on 1 December 2001 at Navy Headquarters in Pretoria. He is succeeded by Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Pragesan Moodley.
Senior Chief Warrant Officer Mark Hyde retired from the SA Navy on Friday. Photos: Michael Hammond / Foto24
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Pragesan Moodley, successor to Senior Chief Warrant Officer Mark Hyde, is congratuled here by Vice-Admiral Johannes Mudimu, chief of the South African Navy.