Forsvarets Spesialkommando is a special operations unit of the Norwegian Armed Forces. The unit was established in 1982 due to the increased risk of terrorist activity against Norwegian interests, including the oil platforms in the North Sea. In 2013, the unit was reorganized, alongside Marinejegerkommandoen, into a separate branch of the Norwegian Armed Forces – The Norwegian Armed Forces Special Operations Forces.
Very little is known publicly about FSK, since the Norwegian government denied their existence and participation in any military operations for a long time. Some details have however emerged after FSK’s participation in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. FSK cooperate with several special operations forces and counter-terrorism units from several other countries, including the Special Air Service and Special Boat Service of the United Kingdom, Delta Force and DEVGRU of the United States, and KSK and GSG-9 of Germany.
FSK supported Coalition Special Operations Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as part of Task Force K-Bar. They have carried out missions in the Helmand and Uruzgan provinces of South Afghanistan.
More recently, FSK has had the main responsibility in training the Afghan National Police Crisis Response Unit in Kabul, under the command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).