|Underwater Defence Group Command |
Sualtı Savunma Grup Komutanığı
File:Sualtı Savunma logo.gif|
Logo of SAS
|Allegiance||Turkish Armed Forces|
|Branch||Turkish Naval Forces|
• Defusal of mines or unexploded torpedoes|
• Disabling enemy vessels
• Amphibious Assault
Underwater Defence Group Command (Turkish language: Sualtı Savunma Grup Komutanlığı) or Underwater Defence (Turkish language: Sualtı Savunma) simply SAS is one of two special operations units of the Turkish Navy (the other being the Su Altı Taarruz).
The missions of the Su Altı Savunma (SAS) include coastal defence operations, such as clearing mines or unexploded torpedoes, and disabling enemy vessels or weapons with underwater operations; as well as counter-terrorism and VIP protection.
The first S.A.S. and S.A.T. units were established in 1963 in the city of Iskenderun, following a joint training program with the US Navy SEALs from San Diego. The original name of the S.A.S. unit was Su Altı Müdafaa (S.A.M.), while the original name of the S.A.T. unit was Su Altı Komando (S.A.K.), and they were bound to the Kurtarma ve Sualtı Komutanlığı (K.S.K.), or Rescue and Underwater Command. In 1974 the S.A.S. and S.A.T. group commands became bound to the Turkish Navy's General Command, and participated in the Turkish military invasion of Cyprus later that year.
The S.A.S. and S.A.T. are based in the Foça Naval Base near İzmir, on the Aegean coast of Turkey.
- General Directorate of Security : Karşı Atak Timi and Polis Özel Harekat
- Turkish Gendarmerie : Jandarma Özel Harekat and Jandarma Özel Asayiş Komutanlığı
- Turkish General Staff : Bordo Bereliler
- Turkish Army : 1st Commando Brigade
- Turkish Air Force : Muharebe Arama Kurtarma and AKİP
- Turkish Navy : Su Altı Taarruz