The National Republican Guard (Portuguese: Guarda Nacional Republicana)
is the national Gendarmerie force of Portugal. GIOE (Grupo de Intervenção de Operações Especiais) is the GNR’s Special Intervention Unit. All of its members are certified Special Operations Forces’ operators specialized in Counter-Terrorism. GIOE is the GNR’s last resort force, tasked with any mission whose dangerousness and complexity exceed the responsiveness capabilities of the rest of the forces, anywhere in Portugal or abroad.