9th Paratroopers Assault Regiment “Col Moschin”

9th Paratroopers Assault Regiment “Col Moschin” (Italian: Reggimento d’Assalto Paracadutisti “Col Moschin”)(Often referred to as the ‘Ninth’ or the ‘Raiders’)

Home NationItaly
MottoDella Folgore L’impeto (Translation: the Impetus of the Lightning)
Date Founded20th June 1942 – Assault regiment founded in Rome; reorganised multiple times during the Second World War.

1946 – Dissolved.

1953 – Reconstituted as a Company at the infantry school in Cesano, Rome.

1st June 1954 – Renamed Saboteurs Paratroopers Unit.

25th September 1961 – Renamed Saboteurs Paratroopers Battalion.

1st October 1975 – Renamed 9th “Col Moschin” Paratroopers Assault Battalion.

24th June 1995 – Renamed 9th Paratroopers Assault Regiment “Col Moschin”. 
Key StatisticsSize: Approximately 300 members split between 3 battalions, a ‘Raiders’ battalion (combat operatives), an operational support battalion, and a Raiders training battalion.

Funding: No available data.

Diversity: Italy was the last NATO country to allow women into the armed forces. While women can join special operations forces (SOF), including the ‘Ninth’, none have yet passed the required courses and training, etc.
Regimental RemitSpecialism: The ‘Ninth’ specialises in operating independently, far beyond enemy lines, in all environments. It conducts peacekeeping, humanitarian, and training missions with NATO and the UN, as well counter-terrorism and counter-mafia operations at home. Where are they based – Regimental Command is based at Camp Darby, located in Tuscany, between Livorno and Pisa. 

Operating location(s): domestic and international.
Noteworthy Operations*Due to restrictions imposed on the Italian Army by the 1947 peace treaty, Italy could not deploy forces abroad until 1970.

Operation Libano 1, Lebanon, 23 August-11 September 1982 – UN-sponsored peacekeeping mission.

Operation ITALCON, Lebanon, 24 September 1982-6 March 1984  – UN-sponsored peacekeeping mission.

May 1991, Iraq – Participated in humanitarian missions after the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War.

1992, Sicily – Deployed after Mafia assassination of Italian magistrates.

Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, 1992-1993 – UN humanitarian mission; participated in the Battle of ‘Checkpoint Pasta’.

Operation Ippocampo, Rwanda, 10 March-20 March 1994 – Deployed to Rwanda to rescue Italian citizens and evacuate local victims.

Operation Joint Endeavour, 20 December 1995-20 December 1996, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Peacekeeping mission with the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR).

UNSC Resolution 1386, Afghanistan, 2001-2021 – Supported Italian troops deployed with the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Operation Antica Babilonia, Iraq, 2003-2006 – Part of the Italian contingent of the Coalition Forces.

UNSC Resolution 1973, Libya, 19 March – 31 October 2011 – NATO military intervention.