PASKAL (Malaysia)



The Royal Malaysian Navy PASukan Khas Laut, commonly known as the PASKAL compose the Special Operations Forces of the Royal Malaysian Navy, employed in direct action and special reconnaissance operations.

PASKAL are also trained in undertaking unconventional warfare, guerrilla warfare, jungle warfare, counter-terrorism, close protection for VIPs, specific enemy assassination and hostage rescue as well as foreign internal defense.


The manpower details of this unit is highly classified. Believed to be a regiment with an estimated 1,000 mens divided into two operations units – PASKAL Unit Satu (PASKAL – First Unit) based in the Lumut Naval base in Perak on Peninsular Malaysia, and PASKAL Unit Dua (PASKAL – 2nd Unit) which is based at KD Sri Semporna, a Malaysian Royal Navy base in Semporna, Sabah. A company-strength (detachment) is also based at the Teluk Sepanggar Naval Base near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, where the RMN’s proposed Submarine Training Centre will be set up soon.

PASKAL organises itself operationally into several squadrons of at least four companies (or Platoons) each. Each company is in turn, organised roughly along the lines of the US Green Berets’ structure of Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta Detachments. The smallest unit for Paskal, however, is the so-called Boat Troop with 7 men. Each PASKAL unit consists of:

Alpha platoon

The Versatile Special Operations Force, mainly trained for Maritime Counter-terrorism which responsibility in other rescue operations into the cargo vessels and oil rigs as well as urban terrain. This platoon was equipped with individual covering systems for close quarters combat.

Bravo platoon

Which consist of oxygen mcombat diving team and special air operations team which both of this squad was provided an infiltration tactics to enemy territory quietly. This squad also be trained to carrying and collecting intelligence data to help assault squad.

harlie platoon

An auxiliary team with roles of strengthen special operations capacity from behind the enemy lines.

Delta platoon

The conventional warfare team which dominated the amphibious warfare of PASKAL teams with special operation skills on the ground and sniping.

Basically each squadron contains a mixture of specialists that is usually adjusted by the specifics of the mission or area it is tasked to operate within.

Each squadron normally carries a Combat Intelligence Team (Malay: Tim Risik Gempur, TRG), trained in maritime tactical intelligence, counter-intelligence and psychological operations.

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