Portugal / Special Forces
Special Forces or Special Operations Forces are military units trained to perform unconventional missions. Depending on the country, SF units may perform some of the following functions: Airborne operations, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, covert ops, Direct action, hostage rescue, high-value targets/manhunting, intelligence operations, and unconventional warfare.
The Portugese Army has the Commando Battalion, Pathfinder Company and the Army Rangers as their Special Operations unit.
The Portugese Marine Corps has the Special Missions Unit (DAE) as their SOF unit.
And the Portugese Air Force has the Force Protection Unit as their SOF unit.
The Commando Battalion has created as a counter-guerrilla Special Forces in 1962.
The Pathfinder Company is specially trained in high altitude missions through the use of HAHO and HALO jumps and Reconnaissance of LZ's for other paratroopers.
The Army Rangers, formed in 1960. Similar to the US Army Rangers has an operational unit called DOE.
The DAE was formed in 1985, is the smallest Portugese SF unit, and is responsible for conducting Special Operations, Beach reconnaissance, combat search and Rescue (CSAR), maritime counter-terrorism, and demolition operations.
The Force Protection Unit (UPF) is made up of Polícia Aérea members. The UPF is charged with missions of Force Protection, VIP Protection, combat search and Rescue, and other classified missions.
The units has seen action in countries like: Angola, Portugese Guinea, Mozambique, Afghanistan, D.R. Congo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, East-Timor, Kosovo, and Iraq