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Laura Jansen van Vuuren

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Allegiance  South Africa
Name  Laura van
Rank  Rear Admiral (JG)
Years of service  1977 - date

Commands held  South African National Defence College

Service/branch  South African Navy

Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Laura Janse van Vuuren is a South African Navy officer and the second woman to reach flag rank.



She completed her schooling at Zwaanswyk High School in 1976 and joined the Navy in 1977. She initially entered the Navy as a non-commissioned officer and then completed the officer's course in 1979.

In 2006 she was appointed as Director Equity Strategic Direction for the SANDF and promoted to Rear Admiral (JG). She was then appointed Commandant of the South African National Defence College at Thaba Tshwane from 1 January 2011.

Honours and awards

In 2007 she was awarded the French National Defence Medal (Gold) for outstanding service to the French Armed Forces in South Africa and abroad.

  • General Service Medal
  • Unitas Medal
  • Medalje vir Troue Diens (Medal for Loyal Service with 30 Year Clasp)
  • Good Service Medal, Silver (20 Years)
  • Good Service Medal, Bronze (10 Years)
  • National Defence Medal (Gold) France
  • References

    Laura Jansen van Vuuren Wikipedia

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