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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan a naval operation at tactical level 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259540  Plan a naval operation at tactical level 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for learners within the Sovereignty of the State sub-field who wish to work in the maritime environment as a warfare operations officer on a warship. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain the essential knowledge and practical skills required of a warfare operations officer who assists, as part of a planning team, in planning naval operations.

The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will contribute to the preservation of human life and the defence of South African warships, territorial waters and/or area of responsibility, thus providing a safer and secure society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Conduct an analysis of directives received from within the chain of command.
  • Develop a threat appreciation.
  • Establish internal and force communications.
  • Establish emission control and security policies.
  • Allocate weapons and systems at the planning stage.
  • Evaluate the mission planning process. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Conduct an analysis of directives received from within the chain of command. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The mission instruction is categorised and interpreted so as to determine the required actions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Categorised refers to identifying the instructions origin and security classification.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Planning for the required action is conducted from which clear force preparation guidelines are given and staff duties are assigned to those under tactical command. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The required action can include planning for joint maritime exercises and operations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The mission plan is formulated in accordance with command instructions and available intelligence while ensuring team involvement is appropriate to the classification of the order and the potential contribution of the team member. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The mission plan must include details as mission location, mission duration, mission approach, threat, special personnel and/or equipment, force size, roles and responsibilities and contingency plans.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Passage and navigational planning is conducted with the requirements of the mission and makes provision for controllable and uncontrollable elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The mission plan is communicated to key personnel at a level of detail appropriate to each target group and an opportunity is given for feedback and questions of clarification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Written instructions are drawn up which accurately reflect the mission plan and provide guidance for further briefings to personnel affected by the planned operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Develop a threat appreciation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information is gathered from all relevant sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The information is analysed so as to facilitate decision-making with respect to target identification and classification. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Analysed includes categorising according to type, content and source of information, evaluating information for reliability and determining the threat.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Targets are classified in order to determine the rules of engagement during contact situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A briefing is given in terms of the appreciated threats implications on the mission plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Establish internal and force communications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of communication required for the mission are identified and set up to meet the requirements of the mission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rules for communication during the mission are communicated to all involved vessels and communication organisations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Communication security is promoted by assigning specific roles, responsibilities and authority to the signal intelligence organisation with respect to signal transmission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Requirements in terms of signal writing, release and reception are clearly articulated to role-players. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements refers to rules, procedures, formats, content, security classification and frequencies.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The content of signals is evaluated so as to ensure the information requirements of the mission are achieved. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information requirements refer to planning, operational tasks and required actions and reactions to achieve the mission purpose.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Establish emission control and security policies. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Emissions include radar, acoustic, radio, electronic counter-measures and laser emissions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The source, type and likely application of detectable emissions are analysed according to mission requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The risks and possible counter measures for transmission frequencies and strengths of emissions are evaluated for various stages of the mission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A emission control plan is drawn up which clarifies the rules for testing and use of equipment causing emissions during the mission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Emission control and security is promoted by assigning specific roles, responsibilities and authority to the intelligence organisation with respect to use of equipment and emissions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The execution of the emission control plan is monitored and managed in accordance with mission security requirements and intelligence and/or detection needs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Allocate weapons and systems at the planning stage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Type of weapons to counter anticipated threat and/or carry out the mission aim are pre-allocated in accordance with recognised naval doctrine and tactics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Weapons and munitions allocated for the mission plan are secured and loaded as per standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documentation necessary for the weapons and required munitions request is completed as per standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Designation of vessels is clarified in terms of mission aim and anticipated threat and communicated to relevant command personnel. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Evaluate the mission planning process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Debriefing sessions are conducted in a positive and constructive manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personnel involved are debriefed in accordance with established debriefing procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The evaluation report produced complies with format and content requirements and is forwarded to the appropriate authority via approved channels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information relating to the evaluation is disseminated via approved channels to assist with refinement of equipment, responses and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Debriefs are conducted to validate and/or contribute to the development of effective training evolutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Information pertinent to the evaluation is gathered from all relevant sources and involved personnel. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea (specifically Chapter V).
  • Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention (specifically Chapters II and VIII).
  • Merchant Shipping Notices.
  • Marine Radar Performance Specifications.
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids Performance Specifications.
  • Reports of Courts of Marine Enquiry relevant to safe navigation.
  • Marine Accident Investigation Bureau reports relevant to safe navigation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Conducting an analyse of directives received from within the chain of command.
  • Developing a threat appreciation.
  • Establishing emission control and security policies. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The analyse of directives.
  • The threat appreciation.
  • The establishment of internal and force communications.
  • The establishment of emission control and security policies. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Conducting an analyse of directives received from within the chain of command.
  • Developing a threat appreciation.
  • Establishing internal and force communications.
  • Establishing emission control and security policies. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • The threat appreciation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Conducting an analyse of directives received from within the chain of command.
  • Developing a threat appreciation.
  • Establishing internal and force communications.
  • Establishing emission control and security policies. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Establishing internal and force communications.
  • Establishing emission control and security policies. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  64129   National Certificate: Warship Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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