65th Airborne Special Forces Brigade

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65th Airborne Special Forces Brigade
65th NOHED Brigade
Coat of Arms
Active 1992–present
Country Iran
Branch Iranian Army
Type Airborne
Role Special operations
Size Brigade
Part of 23rd Commando Division (until 1991)
Garrison/HQ Baghshah (formerly)
Mehrabad International Airport
Nickname "Green berets" (کلاه سبزها)
Colors Green
March 18 April
Behzad Payandeh
Aircraft flown
Multirole helicopter Bell 214
Bell UH-1N Twin Huey (Bell 212)
Transport Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Boeing CH-47 Chinook

65th Airborne Special Forces Brigade (Persian: تیپ ۶۵ نیروهای ویژه هوابرد‎), or 65th NOHED Brigade (تیپ ۶۵ نوهد), is one of the Iranian Army Takavaran (Special Forces) unit that was established as an independent unit in 1992. Prior to this date, it was part of the 23rd Commando Division. The staff is selected from the staff of the 23rd Commando Division.

After Nojeh coup plot in 1980 which was planned to be done using the NOHED unit, then-Parliament-member Hassan Rouhani called for disbanding the unit in the parliament, saying that "they are dangerous". The defense minister Mostafa Chamran strongly refused to do so.[1]

As part of the 23rd Commando Division, the 65th Brigade participated in various post-Revolution clashes in Khuzestan, Sistan-o-Baluchestan, and Kordestan provinces. The brigade also participated in many operations during Iran–Iraq War, including Operation Beit ol-Moqaddas and Operation Karbala-5.

They are recognizable due to their use of safariflage DPM pattern camouflage. They wear a tactical vest and a green beret. The patch of the 65th is a dagger and golden wing superimposed over a green parachute and is located on the left shoulder. The MPT-9S (Iranian-built collapsible stock variant of MP5) is their standard weapon, replacing the older Uzi.[2]