Turkish Special Operations

Su Alti Savunma (SAS)

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Su Alti Savunma or S.A.S. (Underwater Defense Teams) are the counterparts of the United States Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT).

Mission

– Deactivation or disposal of explosive material, mines and/or unidentified ordinance under the water off the friendly ports and coasts.
– Deactivation or disposal of explosive material, mines and/or unidentified ordinance under the water off the target coasts or ports. That includes clearing of the target beaches of mines, explosives, booby traps and tank traps, prior to the amphibious assault of the friendly forces.
– Deactivation or disposal of explosives and mines that might be present on the course of the friendly troops and/or VIP military personnel.
– Consultancy in defending the strategic facilities against stealth assaults by enemy commandos.

SAS units do not perform assault, counter-terrorism, recon or CQC missions. A real-time duty executed by the SAS has been the clearing of the Girne Beach, Cyprus, prior to the amphibious assault of the Turkish Armed Forces to the island in 1974.

Note: SAS stands for Su Alti Savunma in Turkish, which can be translated as Underwater Defense. It has no connection nor any resembelence to the British SAS.


Links

http://www.dzkom.net/e_SAT-SAS.htm

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