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Encyclopedia of Special Forces Units

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Parachute Regiment. British Army parachute unit.
ParaRescue Jumper.. U.S. Air Force Medical Special Forces Unit.
Pasukan Gerakan Khas. Elite counter-terrorism and special operations tactical unit of the Royal Malaysian Police
Pasukan Khas Laut or Paskal. Royal Malaysian Navy Special Forces Unit.
Pasukan Khas TUDM, Handau or Paskau. Royal Malaysian Air Force Special Forces Unit.
Popski's Private Army. World War II British Reconnaissance and strike unit. Also known as No.1 Demolition Squad.
Posebne Jedinice Policije. Regional SWAT teams of the Serbian Police.
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Reparti Eleminimit dhe Neutralizimit te Elementit te Armatosur. Albanian primary Counter-terrorist and fast response unit.
Royal Air Force Servicing Commandos. British Royal Air Force World War II Special Forces unit.
Royal Australian Air Force Airport Defence Force. Australian Air Force Special Forces Unit.
Royal Marine Commandos. British Royal Navy Special Forces unit.
Royal Thai Navy SEALs. Royal Thai Navy Special Forces Unit.
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Sayeret Egoz or Unit 621. Counter Guerrilla Warfare Unit assigned to the Golany Brigade.
Sayeret Givaty. Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol of the Givaty Brigade, also known as PALSAR 8234.
Sayeret Golany or PALSAR 95. Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol of the Golany Brigade.
Sayeret Maglan or unit 212. Special forces long range missiles warfare unit of the Israeli Defence Force.
Sayeret Mat'kal or General Staff Reconnaissance Unit 269. Elite special forces unit of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).
Sayeret NAHAL or PALSAR 374. Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol of the NAHAL Brigade.
Sayeret T'zanhanim or PALSAR 5173. Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol of the T'zanhanim Brigade.
Sayeret YANMAM (Yechidat Neged Metosim Mut'znahat) or Unit 7298. Anti Aircraft corps airborne rapid deployment Special Forces unit.
Seaspray. Joint Army-CIA covert aviation unit, that is able to quickly and secretly transport agents and operators, materials and during covert operations.
Selous Scouts. Rhodesian Special Forces unit formed from the ranks of I (Rhodesian) Special Air Service Regiment.
Shadow Stalkers. Nickname for the USMS Special Operations Group. It comes from the fact that the unit hunts dangerous fugitives (a.k.a. shadows), as well as waits in the shadows of federal courthouses during high-profile cases to thwart terrorist attacks.
Shayetet 13. Israeli naval commando elite special forces unit.
Small Scale Raiding Force. The Small Scale Raiding Force (SSRF) was an small World War II amphibious assault force specialised in small sabotage raids.
Speciaal Interventie Eskadron/Escadron Special d'Intervention or SIE/ESI. Belgium Police Special Forces Unit.
Special Allied Airborne Reconnaissance Force. World War II airborne unit created to parachute into the vicinity of POW camps with which it was desired to make early contact, thus possibly pre-empting many potential problems.
Special Air Service or SAS. British Army Special Forces Unit.
Special Assault Team. Civilian Counter-Terrorist unit under the Japanese National Police Agency.
Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22). Specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along the shallow waterways and open water environments.
Special Boat Service or SBS. British Royal Navy (Royal Marines) Special Forces Unit.
Special Forces Brigade. South African Army primary Special Forces unit. The unit is specialised in behind the enemy lines special operations.
Special Forces Group. Belgium surveillance and information-gathering unit.
Special Forces Support Group. Specialised Unit which provides direct support to UK Special Forces intervention operations around the world and will provide the UK with an additional counter-terrorist capability.
Special Interrogation Group. British Army World War II Special Forces unit. Members acted as German soldiers.
Special Operations Command or SOCOM. U.S. combined Special Forces Headquarters.
Special Operations Executive (SOE). World War II organisation to encourage and facilitate espionage and sabotage behind enemy lines and to serve as the core of a resistance movement in Britain itself (the Auxiliary Units) in the possible event of an Axis invasion.
Special Tactics Group. New Zealand's Police Special Forces Unit.
Special Tactics and Rescue. Special Force unit of the Singapore Police Force.
Special Task Force. South African Police Special Forces Unit.
Special Weapons and Tactics or SWAT. A US police unit that is trained and equipped to handle special, high-risk incidents. Most US law enforcement agencies and military bases have SWAT teams.
SS-Fallschirmjäger Bataillonen. German World War II Elite Airborne Unit.
Specijalna Antiteroristicka Jedinica. Serbian elite police formation for combat in crisis situations.
SS-Sonderverbände. German World War II Special Operations unit.
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Task Force 5. US SOCOM unit formed of members of the US Special Forces. Operated in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2003.
Task Force 20. US SOCOM unit formed of members of the US Special Forces. Operated in Iraq from the beginning of the war in March 2003 until July 2003.
Task Force 121. US SOCOM unit formed of members of the US Special Forces. Primary mission is hunt, capture or kill high target persons.
Task Force Ranger. Task Force Ranger was a US SOCOM unit formed of members of the US Special Forces. Operated in Somalia in 1993.