Campbell Barracks (Western Australia)

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Campbell Barracks
Swanbourne, Western Australia
Type Military Base
Site information
Controlled by Australian Army
Site history
Built 1957
In use 1957–Present
Battles/wars Vietnam, Borneo, Malaya, Iraq, Afghanistan
Garrison information
Garrison Australian Special Air Service Regiment

Campbell Barracks is an Australian Army base located in Swanbourne,[1] a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It is named after Lieutenant Colonel J.A. Campbell (1842–1924), former commandant of the Commonwealth Military Forces in Western Australia.[2]

The Australian Special Air Service Regiment has been based at Campbell Barracks since the Regiment was first established as an independent company in 1957.[3] Although Campbell Barracks is the home of the SASR, most of the training and selection for the regiment takes place in Bindoon, Western Australia.[4]

The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is a special forces regiment of the Australian Army and is modelled on the original British SAS, while also drawing on the traditions of the Australian 'Z' Special Force commando unit, and the Independent Companies which were active in the South Pacific during the Second World War.

The SASR's three 'sabre squadrons' rotate between the war/reconnaissance and Counterterrorism/Recovery roles. Two squadrons are maintained in the war/reconnaissance role with the remaining squadron filling the Counter-Terrorism/recovery role. Rotations occur every 12 months, so each squadron fulfills the counterterrorism/recovery role and configuration every three years. Reports that the squadron filling the counterterrorism role is always designated 1 Squadron are incorrect as that practice ceased in the late 1980s.

All Three Sabre Squadrons are garrisoned at Campbell Barracks save for certain units within each Sabre Squadron that can be rotated amongst bases within Australia. This usually only occurs with the current Counter Terrorist Squadron.

As stated in ex-SASR soldier Keith Fennel's book "Warrior Training", outside the headquarters for Campbell Barracks is a monument to every Australian SASR Soldier that has died in Active Service with the Regiment, be it during training or on deployment. The list currently stands at just over 40 soldiers, the majority having been killed in training accidents.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community Connection - Western Australia". Defence Community Organisation. 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Jobson, Christopher (2009). Looking Forward, Looking Back: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army. Wavell Heights, Queensland: Big Sky Publishing. p. 103. ISBN 9780980325164. 
  3. ^ "History - General". Special Air Services Historical Foundation. 2001. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Joseph Catanzaro (7 August 2010). "SAS hopefuls pushed to breaking point". The West Australian (Yahoo7). Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 31°58′S 115°46′E / 31.97°S 115.76°E / -31.97; 115.76