Campbell Barracks (Western Australia)

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Campbell Barracks
Swanbourne, Western Australia
Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC investiture (6).jpg
Governor General Quentin Bryce laying a wreath at Campbell Barracks in 2011
TypeMilitary Base
Site information
Controlled byAustralian Army
Site history
In use1957–Present
Battles/warsVietnam, Borneo, Malaya, Iraq, Afghanistan
Garrison information
GarrisonSpecial 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 Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) 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 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.[citation needed]

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 counterterrorism/recovery role.[citation needed] Rotations occur every 12 months, so each squadron fulfils 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

As stated in ex-SASR soldier Keith Fennell's book "Warrior Training", outside the headquarters for Campbell Barracks is a monument to every Australian SASR soldier who has died on active service with the regiment, be it during training or on deployment. The list currently[when?] stands at just over 40 soldiers, the majority having been killed in training accidents.[citation needed]


  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. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. 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