What Special Ops do
According to the NZDF 2016 Defence Capability Plan, Special Operations Forces use operational techniques and modes of employment not standard to conventional forces.
Their deployment lead times are short and their equipment and training must always be cutting edge, the report states.
‘‘Special Operations Forces respond to terrorism events in New Zealand, if the New Zealand Police require additional support, and are deployable globally as an independent contribution or as part of a Joint Task Force. ‘‘Special Operations Forces are trained and equipped for explosive ordnance disposal.’’ The Special Air Service has a maritime counter-terrorism and maritime infiltration role. The report states that significant spending is provisioned to ensure special ops forces remain world class.