The Walvis Bay Military Area, with the other ten regional commands, made up the Territorial Force of the SADF. Based in Walvis Bay, it was responsible for the security of the region, forming the primary level of command for military operations. It also provided logistic, administrative and service support to units and formations operating in its area of responsibility. 2 SAI was based here and was often used in operations
Walvis Bay is the gateway logistics port to SADC landlocked countries, with its modern port, thriving fishing and engineering industries, picturesque desert and flamingo filled lagoon scenes, it is a growth mecca for investors, tourists, holiaymakers, photographers, adventurers, outdoor-sports enthusiasts, conservationist and any one intrigue by a port city caught between the cold Atlantic and harsh Namib desert.
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Walvis Bay, with its large bay and sand dunes, is the tourism activity centre of Namibia. Other attractions include the artificial Bird Island, centre of a guano collection industry, the Dune 7 sand dune (pictured), salt works, birdlife and a museum. Kuisebmund Stadium, home to two clubs in the Namibia Premier League, is also located in the city and the beach resort of Langstrand lies just a few kilometres north.