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GRND Perth / Swanbourne

Last modified: 03 Jul 2020

Country: Australia    Region: WA

Latitude: 31° 58' 4" S     Longitude: 115° 45' 25" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne: The Army’s Special Air Service Regiment (SASR)

This Special Force regiment is directly under command of the Special Operations Command, It has been involved in ops in Borneo during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation, the Vietnam War, Somalia, Kuwait, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as peacekeeping missions. It provides a counter-terrorist capability and has been involved in a number of domestic security ops.

SASR is primarily structured to conduct covert long-range recon and surveillance in small teams in enemy-controlled territory, while the commando units are utilised to conduct raids in larger groups.

The exact regimental size is classified but it is a battalion-sized element made up of an Hq, 3 squadrons, a support squadron, a base squadron and a signals unit. Two squadrons maintain the warfighting capability and train for operational contingencies while the third squadron is maintained on rotation for counter terrorist or recovery ops.

Each squadron consists of a Water Troop, a Free-Fall Troop and a Land Troop.
A troop comprises 4 patrols with 6 operators in each patrol, commanded by a captain. A patrol is commanded by a sergeant.

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