What Are the Italian Special Forces?

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Each branch of the Italian military has at least one special forces unit. The Italian State Police and the Guardia di Finanza also have their own counter-terrorism units.

The Italian Army's 9th Parachute Assault Regiment, 4th Alpini Parachutist Regiment, 185th Reconnaissance Target Acquisition Regiment and 26th Special Operations Helicopter Unit are all considered special forces units.

The Comando Subacquei ed Incursori (COMSUBIN) is the special forces unit of the Italian Navy. This unit is divided into two branches: the GOI, used for naval and coastal operations, and the GOS, used for rescue missions and the repair of vessels.

The Italian Air Force has two special forces units: the 17º Stormo Incursori and the 9° Stormo "Francesco Baracca." The former is a raiding corp, while the latter is a special helicopter wing that supports operations of the other military branches.

The Gruppo de Intervento Speciale is the special forces arm of the Carabinieri Corps, Italy's military police organization. The GIS is a counter-terrorism group whose members are specifically selected and trained for marksmanship. The 1° Reggimento Carabinieri Paracadutisti is also considered a special forces unit and is responsible for law enforcement support in very dangerous situations and for training of other Carabinieri units.

The counter-terrorism units of the Italian State Police and the Guardia di Finanza are the NOCS and ATPI respectively.