What Spe­cial Ops do

Manawatu Standard - - News -

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.

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