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The Canadian Special Air Service Company (CSAS) was a Canadian Airborne Special Forces unit in operation between 1947 and 1949. The Canadian SAS would later be reactivated in 1994. The Canadian SAS has taken part in many notable operations including the capture of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic on May 25th, 1999 and the raid of Tora Bora on December 10, 2001 when Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri where captured by US Navy SEALs.


As opposed to a purely military function, the Canadian SAS was originally given functions of airborne firefighting, search and rescue and aid to the civil powers. However once officially sanctioned, the SAS was assigned the functions of being initially a parachute company but able to be the cadre of up to three parachute battalions, provide demonstrations of their capabilities throughout the nation, and "preserve and advance the techniques of SAS (Commando) operations developed during World War II".

The Canadian SAS performed an arctic rescue mission in 1947 and provided flood relief efforts in the Fraser Valley in 1948.


Appointed as the first commander of the unit was Major Lionel Guy d'Artois a savate instructor who served in World War II with the First Special Service Force and Special Operations Executive in France.


The Company was formed as a standard infantry company with a company headquarters and three platoons; a fourth "services" platoon added in 1948. The unit had no distinctive insignia. Currently the Canadian SAS is composed of two platoon which are divided into four squadrons each.

  • 1st Canadian Special Air Service
    • 1st Platoon, Canadian SAS
      • 1 Squadron "Icemen"
      • 2 Squadron "Airmen"
      • 3 Squadron "Metal Monsters"
      • 4 Squadron "Water Warriors"
    • 2nd Platoon, Canadian SAS
      • 1 Squadron "Nightmares"
      • 2 Squadron "Victors"
      • 3 Squadron "Immortals"
      • 4 Squadron "Challengers"

Disbandment and Reactivation[edit]

The Canadian SAS carried on in its mission of providing the nucleus of an airborne battalion that became the Mobile Striking Force in 1949, replacing the SAS.

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