National Special Operations Force’s main task is to eliminate all forms of terrorism on land, air or in the water and to be always prepared to react quickly against threats

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak today launched the National Special Operations Force (NSOF), which serves as a permanent team to act swiftly against terrorist threats.

NSOF comprises of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

Its establishment is part of national security initiatives under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

A Defence Ministry statement said the NSOF operations depend on the types of threats against the interests and security of the country.

“NSOF acts as a quick reaction force to curb terrorism in the early stages. The land, air and maritime units will be mobilised as the early group and will confront, fight and eliminate the threats.

“The support group will help if needed. Once the threat has been eliminated, NSOF will hand over the operation to security forces,” said the statement.

New posts will be created once the team starts to operate. For a start, all NSOF personnel are seconded from the ATM, PDRM and MMEA.

The first group will serve for at least three years while the next group will serve for at least two years.

The main task of NSOF is to eliminate all forms of terrorism on land, air or in the water and to be always prepared to react quickly against threats.

Team members will continue Force Integration Training (FIT) to enhance their skills to deal with criticial situations and prepare contingency plans for threats to national security and perform other duties as directed.

Najib meanwhile said that Malaysia was the first country in the world to form an integrated security force to respond to terror threats.

He said the NSOF is almost fully operational with 17 officers and 170 personnel, who will be based at the Sungai Besi army camp.

Also present were Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim, Attorney-General Mohamad Apandi Ali and Armed Forces chief Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

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