Latvian Special Tasks Unit
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The Special Tasks Unit (Latvian: Speciālo uzdevumu vienība (SUV)) is a special operations unit of the National Armed Forces. It was established in September 1991. The unit is specially organized, trained and equipped for the performance of high-danger tasks. The soldiers in the unit continuously train to enhance their professional preparedness and are provided with specialized equipment in order to carry out their tasks efficiently. As a Special forces group most information about its actions are based on speculation and rumors. The motto depicted in the unit's crest translates as "the bold one wins".
- Staff Company
- Combat Squadron A
- Combat Squadron B
- Combat Squadron C
- Combat Support Squadron
- Training Squadron
The unit is developed in a way, which allows it to provide assistance to state security and law-enforcement institutions in counter-terrorist operations and perform special tasks within the entire range of military operations: defense, attack and detention operations, airborne, sea landing and underwater operations, operations in a special environment (built-up territories, forests, limited visibility conditions, mountains,arctic and cold weather conditions, deserts and hot weather conditions), as well as search and rescue operations in collaboration with the Naval and Air Forces.
The main mission of The Special Tasks Unit is to:
- Perform special operations for national defense and security interests;
- Participate in counter-terrorist operations;
- Perform search and rescue operations on land and sea.