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Special Air Service Regiment

Special Air Service Regiment
The Special Air Service Regiment is a Special Operations Command unit providing the Australian Government with unique capabilities in support of the national interest.

The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is one of three Special Operations Command combat units.

SASR special forces conduct protracted, difficult and challenging small-team operations involving high-level precise military skills, often in remote areas and with little tactical-level support. 

All SASR personnel are specially selected, however, its special forces undergo the most rigorous selection and training cycle before they finally earn the right to wear the famous SAS sandy-coloured beret.

History

SASR can trace its beginnings back to the Australian Z Special Unit and Independent Commando Companies that fought during World War II. On 25 July 1957, the 1st Special Air Service Company, Royal Australian Infantry, was raised at Campbell Barracks in Western Australia. In 1964, 1st Special Air Service Company was expanded to become the Special Air Service Regiment.

Force elements from SASR have served in various major conflicts (including Borneo, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq) and provide support to peace enforcements and peacekeeping operations (including Rwanda, Somalia, Cambodia and Timor-Leste (East Timor)). In addition to international operations, SASR remains prepared to meet domestic and offshore counter-terrorism tasks.

The SASR motto is 'Who Dares Wins'.

Learn more about SASR history from the SAS Historical Foundation.

Last updated
8 April 2019
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