british special forces
HOME UKSF NEWS UKSF / ELITE UNITS PHOTOS / VIDEO FEATURES RESOURCES
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
british special forces » news » 1 PARA (SFSG) parachute raids

1 PARA (SFSG) Parachute Raids In Afghanistan

28.12.2010 - Paras have jumped into action in Afghanistan in recent months, marking the Parachute Regiment's first combat drops since the Suez crisis in 1956. Parachutists from 1 PARA (SFSG), the core component of the Special Forces Support Group, have parachuted into Helmand Province on Company-level raids against Taliban forces. The Paras use low-level parachutes to jump from from low-flying RAF C-130s.

Along with 1 PARA (SFSG), which is carrying out special operations, 2 and 3 PARA, with elements of 4 PARA are deployed in Afghanistan as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade for Operation Herrick XIII.

source : the daily mail

related info: 1 PARA (SFSG) were in the news in September when it emerged that several Paras from the unit had been injured when an RAF Hercules aircraft had accidently dropped them into trees during a training exercise.

more info : RAF dropped special forces into trees by accident
(the Telegraph)

paras c-130
Parachutists jump from a C-130. Jumping from a low flying Hercules at night allows a sizeable fighting force to quickly get on the ground and hit a target or secure an area before the enemy has time to react.
photo : US DoD

While most airborne operations in Afghanistan are heli-borne, parachute jumps, while rare, have happened:

« news index










SERIOUS ABOUT PASSING SELECTION? DON'T LEAVE IT TO CHANCE!
GIVE YOURSELF THE EDGE WITH THESE AFFORDABLE INSIDER GUIDES...
Join The British ArmyPoliceThe Special Boat Service
 CONNECT
facebook Facebook
Become a fan
facebook Twitter
Follow us
youtube Youtube
Watch us
 FEATURED INFO
MAOT
MAOTs
The Commandos of the Mobile Air Operations Team...

MAOT
 FEATURED PHOTO
Royal Marines WMIK
Royal Marines WMIK Land Rover
(click image for fullsize view & more info)
more photos
 NEW PHOTOS
 UKSF HEADLINES

not endorsed by or affiliated with the ministry of defence | all information is non-classified & sourced from public domain |
all images are for educational purposes and sourced from the public domain where possible - image policy | privacy policy