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Underwater Defence Group Command
Sualtı Savunma Grup Komutanığı
File:Sualtı Savunma logo.gif
Logo of SAS
Active 1963–Present
Country  Turkey
Allegiance Turkish Armed Forces
Branch Turkish Naval Forces
Type Special Forces
Role  • Defusal of mines or unexploded torpedoes
 • Disabling enemy vessels
 • Amphibious Assault
 • Counter-Terrorism
Abbreviation S.A.S.

Underwater Defence Group Command[1][2] (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.


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