2 Apr 2012

Govt says no immediate new mission for SAS

10:46 pm on 2 April 2012

The Government says there are no plans to deploy the Special Air Service in another country now that its operations in Afghanistan have officially ended.

The elite forces were in the war-torn country for two-and-a-half years and are due back in New Zealand soon.

The deployment was the longest the SAS has served in Afghanistan.

Two of its members were killed in insurgent attacks during that time.

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman would not be drawn on what the SAS might be assigned to next, however he says the unit will be focused on maintaining its capability and training.

Both Mr Coleman and Prime Minister John Key say it is not their expectation that the SAS will be sent back to Afghanistan.