Australia’s Special Forces have had the longest presence in Australia’s longest war. They have been operating there for over 10 years, but for that time, what they do and how they do it had been kept largely a secret until now. Here we join Australia’s elite Special Air Service Regiment the (SASR) along with their brothers in arms the Commandos and the Incident Response Regiment. The different force elements merge to make up rotation 16 of Australia’s special operation task group, a unique ban known throughout Afghanistan as Task Force 66.
SASR/SOTG in Afghanistan
The Special Air Service Regiment, officially abbreviated SASR though commonly known as the SAS, is an elite special operations force of the Australian Army. Formed in 1957, it was originally modelled on the British SAS.
The 2nd Commando Regiment is an elite special operations force of the Australian Army, and is one of three combat-capable units within Special Operations Command. The regiment was established on 19 June 2009 when the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) was renamed.
The Special Operations Engineer Regiment (SOER) is a specialised unit of the Australian Army. The Regiment forms part of the Special Operations Command. The unit was formed in 2002 as the Incident Response Regiment (IRR), they are deployed to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive incidents. In 2010 and 2011 its role changed to supporting the army’s special forces units, and it was renamed accordingly.