Special Air Service Regiment: Who Dares Wins A 3 SAS Squadron vehicle mounted patrol are welcomed by East Timorese locals on approach to a church in the village of Suai. The church was the site of a massacre on 16 October 1999, where West Timorese militia were responsible for the death of church officials and locals who had voted in favour of the East Timorese Independence in the 30 August 1999 referendum. October 1999 Courtesy SAS Historical Foundation The Special Air Service Regiment’s heritage is the concept of Special Operations as conducted by units like the 2/2nd. These operations, perfected by the 2/2nd in East Timor in 1942, were conducted by small groups deep behind enemy lines for protracted periods with limited resupply. Established in 1957 as the 1st Special Air Service Company and based in Perth, the unit was expanded and renamed the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in 1964. The Regiment was committed to Borneo and South Vietnam where it employed the small patrol model to great effect gathering intelligence in reconnaissance missions and ambushing targets of opportunity. In 1999 the SASR played a pivotal role in East Timor operating static observation posts, ambushing, conducting reconnaissance, providing close personal protection to East Timor’s leaders and training FALINTIL. SASR shares a close bond with the 2/2nd Commando Association and honours their courage, boldness and perseverance through support to commemorative occasions. Members of the 2/2nd Commando Association gather at the 2/2nd memorial avenue at Lovekin Drive, Kings Park with members of the SASR at their last ‘Safari’, 16 November 2003. Courtesy K Hayes ‹ ITA LA HA LUHA (We not forget !): 2/2nd 1999-Present Debt of Honour › View the discussion thread.