Special Boat Service (SBS)
Less well-known than their army counterparts, the Special Boat Service is the UK's naval special forces unit. SBS operators tend to come from the Royal Marine Commandos although the SBS is tri-service. The SBS is part of UKSF, along with the SAS, SRR and SFSG.
The SBS has around 100-200 operators, divided into 4 squadrons : C,X M and Z
more info: SBS organisation
The SBS was formed during World War 2 and has evolved from a small commando unit to the fully-fledged special forces organisation it is today.
read about: SBS history
SBS vs SAS
A look at the rivalry and differences between the 2 special forces units.
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SBS candidates undergo a grueling selection process.
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SBS Skills & Training
SBS operators are also learning new skills and improving on skills already aquired..
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First Into Action
Since 9/11, the Special Boat Service has been deployed against Al Qaeda in the global war on terror, often working side by side with their SAS colleagues. In Afghanistan, one SBS patrol got drawn into one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the war as they helped to squash an uprising of captured Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners at a medieval fort.
During the allied invasion of Iraq in 2003, SBS teams, working with US Navy Seals, secured and scouted the beaches on the Al Faw Peninsula, paving the way for amphibious landings. Other SBS teams secured the southern oil fields. One Land Rover column of around 60 SBS men, operating in the North, were ambushed by Iraqi forces and had to fight their way out of trouble.
The SBS is were heavily engaged in Afghanistan, where they targetted Taliban leadership in a series of successful operations.
more info: SBS operations
As a maritime special forces unit, the SBS has some specialised roles.
more info: roles of the SBS
The SBS use/have used some specialised weapons.
read more on: SBS weapons
The SBS employ all manner of surface and underwater vessels.
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The SBS have signals support in the form of the SBS Signals Squadron
Special Forces Boat Operators
These specially-trained Royal Marines coxwains pilot various boats in support of SBS operations.
more info: SFBOs
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