SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCE
Operation Force (SOF) is a unit within the Commando
Formation that is specially trained for Counter-terrorist
actions. Members of this unit are specially selected
and have to undergo a long period of Counter-Terrorist
training before they can accepted as troopers.
CALL OF DUTY
Their calling came. "Five minutes
was all the four Pakistani terrorists who hijacked
a Singapore Airlines plane gave the authorities on
Tuesday, March 26 1991 to meet their demands. Failing
that, they threatened to start killing one hostage
every ten minutes. But barely had three of those minutes
gone by when the order was given for the SOF to storm
the plane. Commandos went in at 6:50 am; and it was
over in 30 seconds - the four hijackers dead, none
of the 123 hostages hurt. For their bravery displayed,
HQ Commando was awarded the Medal of Valor and a Unit
nature of the training a Commando undergoes is
seldom revealed, however the actions undertaken
by Commandos often speak louder than words. Commandos
have been called many times for hazardous assignments;
operations such as the Laju ferry hijack and the
Cable Car tragedy are some of the better known
Commando operations. Courage, tenacity and stealth
are hence traits associated with the Commandos.
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