KUALA LUMPUR — October 27, 2016: A new team called the National Special Operations Force (NSOF) was launched today to serve as a permanent force to act swiftly against terrorist threats.
It is believed to be the first of its kind in the world and comprises personnel from the armed forces, police and Maritime Enforcement Agency. Its formation is part of national security initiatives under the National Blue Ocean Strategy.
A Ministry of Defence statement said the team’s operations would depend on the types of threats against the interests and security of the country.
NSOF acts as a quick reaction force to curb terrorism in the early stages. The land, air and maritime units will be mobilised as the early group and will confront, fight and eliminate the threats.
The support group will help if needed. Once the threat has been eliminated, NSOF will hand over the operation to security forces, said the statement.
New posts will be created once the team starts to operate. For a start, all NSOF personnel are seconded from the three services.
The first group will serve for at least three years while the next group will serve for at least two years.
The main task of NSOF is to eliminate all forms of terrorism on land, air or in the water and to be always prepared to react quickly against threats.
Team members will continue with the force integration training to enhance their skills to deal with critical situations and prepare contingency plans against threats to national security and perform other duties as required.
Present at the launch by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Sungei Besi military camp were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin. — Bernama