|1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment (1 NZSAS Regiment)|
|Home Nation||New Zealand|
|Motto||Who Dares Wins|
|Date Founded||7 July, 1955.|
|Key Statistics||Size: NZSAS has 6 squadrons, each with up to 100 personell. |
Funding: No available data.
Diversity: NZSAS is currently an all-male unit, but an all-women Female Engagement Team (FET) founded in 2018 to support New Zealand’s SOF does train and deploy alongside it, etc.
|Regimental Remit||Specialism: Surveillance and reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action, and support and influence. |
Where are they based: Having previously operated from Waiouru and Papakura Military Camps, NZSAS was relocated to Hobsonville Air Force Base in the 1990s. However, the unit has training facilities at Papakura and Ardmore Military Camps.
Operating location(s): domestic and international.
|Noteworthy Operations||Malayan Emergency, Malaya (now Malaysia and Singapore), November 1955-December 1957 – NZSAS was deployed alongside British SAS forces to combat Communist insurgents.|
Laotian Crisis, Thailand, 2 June-16 September, 1962 – 30 NZSAS were dispatched to Thailand during the Laotian crisis at the request of the Royal Thai Government.
Indonesian-Malayan Confrontation, Borneo, Malaysia, 1965-1966 – NZSAS were deployed alongside British and Australian SAS forces to assist the Malaysian Government against Indonesian Communist insurgents.
The Vietnam War, the Republic of South Vietnam, November 1968-1971 – a small detachment from NZSAS was deployed to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Operation BELISI, Bougainville, November 1997-February 1998, 19 NZSAS operatives were deployed to support a peacekeeping mission in Bougainville.
Operation GRIFFIN, Kuwait, 1998 – 24 NZSAS personnel were dispatched to Kuwait to rescue airmen downed in hostile territory during an American aerial campaign.
UNMIT, East Timor, 9 September, 1999-January 2001 – NZSAS personnel were deployed to support the NZDF in their role in the UN peacekeeping operation in East Timor.
Operation CONCORD; CONCORD II; CONCORD III, Afghanistan, 2001-2005 – NZSAS contribution to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Operation WĀTEA, Afghanistan, 2008-2012 – NZSAS and NZDF troops deployed as Task Force 81 to support counter-insurgency operations.
|Any Scandals||An Australian soldier was accused by NZSAS witnesses of mishandling corpses in East Timor in 1999.|
A 2017 documentary alleged that NZSAS forces, ostensibly in Afghanistan for ‘peacekeeping’, regularly used ‘bait-and-hook’ tactics to provoke locals and thereby allowing their commanders to order offensives during their deployment.
In 2017, Nicky Hager published a book called ‘Hit & Run’ that detailed a whistleblower’s allegations that NZSAS officers were involved in human rights abuses in Afghanistan.
The revelations triggered an independent inquiry, heavily contested by the NZDF, that confirmed the allegations. According to the inquiry, during Operation BURHAM, civilians were killed and injured, the NZDF did not attempt to aid the wounded, and an NZSAS officer violated the Geneva Conventions by 1) assaulting a blindfolded and bound prisoner and 2) transferring a prisoner in the knowledge that they would be tortured. NZSAS officers were also found to have attempted to cover up the reports.
|Noteworthy Distinctions/ extra information||NZSAS forces wear sandy-coloured berets, black rank, and black web belts to show their close association with British SAS.|