"Thunder" Commando PLA Airborne Corps
Since it was set up on September 30, 2011, the "Thunder" [aka Thor] Commando has grown up to be a crack special force for reconnaissance operations of the PLA's airborne troops, which is capable of performing the tasks of strategic deterrence, combat assault, task operations under IT-based conditions.
The Chinese Thor Commando with its members coming from the airborne troops of the PLA Air Force, on behalf of the special forces of the PLA, attended the "Golden Owl-2015" International Competition of Special Forces held in Kazakhstan, and won the first place among participating teams of foreign countries, spokesman of the PLA Air Force Colonel Shen Jinke said in Wuhan on July 9, 2015. This was the second time for the airborne troops to attend an international competition on behalf of the special forces of the PLA after an interval of 11 years.
The "Golden Owl-2015" International Competition of Special Forces was held at the Spasskaya training center in Karaganda Province, Kazakhstan, and 10 teams from Kazakhstan, Belarus, China, Russia and the U.S. attended the competition, said Colonel Shen Jinke. Focusing on the contest of comprehensive combat skills, the Golden Owl competition is famous for its big risk and cruelty, which makes the Golden Owl among the high-level competitions of the world special forces. The Chinese airborne troop's attending the "Golden Owl-2015" competition is an important manifestation of the pragmatic military exchange and cooperation between China and Kazakhstan, Shen Jinke said.
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