Tri-Services Special Ops Division AFSOD Moves Headquarters to Bengaluru
Tri-Services Special Ops Division AFSOD Moves Headquarters to Bengaluru

The Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD) has moved its headquarters from Agra to Bengaluru, a decision aimed at strengthening India’s elite special forces. This tri-services unit brings together the best from the Army, Navy, and Air Force to carry out specialized missions.

Why Bengaluru?

Bengaluru is now the heart of AFSOD’s operations, providing top-notch facilities for training and operations. The city is well-equipped with amenities for training parachute regiment troops, making it an ideal location for AFSOD’s new base.

Who Are They?

AFSOD is a unique unit that includes the Army’s Para (Special Forces), the Navy’s Marine Commandos (MARCOS), and the Air Force’s Garud Commandos. These highly trained soldiers have been active in various regions, including the Kashmir Valley, where they gain experience in counter-terrorism operations. They also participate in war games near the India-China border, in places like West Bengal’s Siliguri corridor, where they practice jumps and other strategic activities.

Recent Activities

Recently, 600 paratroopers from the Army’s airborne rapid response teams conducted large-scale airdrops near the Siliguri Corridor. These exercises involved advanced free-fall techniques, surveillance, and capturing key targets, simulating real combat scenarios. An official noted, “The exercise involved advanced free-fall techniques, insertion, surveillance, target practice, and seizing key objectives behind enemy lines.”

Enhanced Capabilities

To ensure success in their missions, AFSOD is equipped with the latest specialized gear. This includes advanced weapons, surveillance systems, and communication tools, all designed to improve their effectiveness in various operations.

Looking Ahead

The move to Bengaluru signifies a new chapter for AFSOD, bringing them closer to state-of-the-art training facilities and enhancing their operational readiness. By combining the strengths of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, AFSOD is set to become even more effective in tackling security challenges both within and outside India.

In summary, AFSOD’s relocation to Bengaluru marks a significant step in boosting India’s special operations capabilities, ensuring that our elite forces are always prepared for any mission.

UPDATED: May 4, 2023