Special Operations Engineers
The Special Operations Engineer Regiment (SOER) is a highly capable Special Operations Command (SOCOMD)unit providing leading edge mobility, survivability and specialist counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) capabilities in support of Special Operations.
The unit can operate throughout a range of contingencies, both domestically and on operations overseas. The capability of the SOER is an integral part of SOCOMD's contribution to defending Australian interests and the Whole-of-Government's Counter Terrorism response.
The Australian Army's SOER has been raised to provide SOCOMD with an integrated, rapidly deployable and specialised capability to counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) threats across the spectrum of Special Operations – both domestically and overseas on operations. This is achieved through agile and highly trained Combat Engineer teams.
In addition to Royal Australian Engineers, the SOER consists of Army members from a range of other corps, including intelligence, signals, medical, nursing, ordnance, transport, and electrical and mechanical engineers. The Regiment also employs specialist civilian staff to ensure that the unit is always operating at the cutting edge of counter-CBRNE technology.
The unit motto 'Inter Hastas et Hostes', in Latin, translates to 'Between Spears and Enemies'. This signifies the traditional Sapper role and enduring unit requirement to operate in the dangerous space between enemy threat forces and own troops in order to ensure mission success.