Unité Spéciale – Garde Nationale
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|Unité Spéciale de la Garde Nationale|
|Type||Paramilitary unit, Special Operations and Tactical Law Enforcement|
|Role||Counter-terrorism and Hostage Rescue|
|Garrison/HQ||Bir Bouregba, Nabeul Governorate, Tunisia|
|Motto(s)||Servitas Vitae ("To Save Lives", unofficial) or Celui qui ose gagne ("who dares wins")|
|Col. Gharbi Houssine.|
The National Guard Special Unit, commonly abbreviated USGN (French: Unité Spéciale de la Garde Nationale), is the Tunisian National Guard's elite counter-terrorism paramilitary tactical unit. USGN is trained to rescue citizens and allies who are held by a hostile force foreign or domestically, either terrorist or criminal.
USGN’s purpose is to serve as the Tunisian governments premier counter-terrorism unit, offering a tactical resolution option in hostage and high-risk law enforcement situations. USGN functions as a national SWAT team in highly sensitive or dangerous situations.
This 50 man force was established in the early 1980s and is broken down into two operational sections and a headquarters element. Based in Hammamet, they have responsibility for CT operations at government and diplomatic buildings, aircraft hijackings and maritime situations. In the event of a major operation, the U.S.G.N. would be reinforced by the Commandos Unit of the Garde National (National Guard's Commando Unit- U.C.G.N.).