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Archive of 2018 news....

23.12.2018 - RIP Paddy Ashdown

Politican and Royal Marines and SBS veteran, Paddy Ashdown has died at age 77. Rest In Peace.

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22.12.2018 - SBS Storm Ship Threatened By Stowaways

Special Boat Service commandos stormed a vessel in the Thames Estuary after a number of stowaways had threatened the crew...

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19.12.2018 - UKSF Bushmasters In Syria

Various social media sources have shown images and video of UKSF Bushmaster vehicles deployed in Syria

more info: UKSF Bushmasters In Syria
(Elite UK Forces report)

11.12.2018 UKSF / Police In Newcastle Operation

A counter terrorist operation involving armed Police and United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) troops has taken place in Newcastle today. One man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. Photos published online (some visible in the tweet embedded below) show a number of units, including what appears to be Police CTSFOs and UKSF (SAS/SBS) operators, pictured at the scene of the daylight swoop on an address in the Arthur's Hill area of the city.

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27.11.2018 2 PARA Photo

Note the new L85A3 rifle in this image.

19.11.2018 Met CTSFOs In London Raid

CTSFOs from SCO19 took part in a raid that arrested 5 people on suspicion of kidnapping. Click the link below to see several photos of CTSFOs at the scene.

more info: Five arrested for kidnap during raids in central London

more info on SCO19 CTSFOs

11.11.2018 Royal Air Force | Remembrance Day

11.11.2018 Royal Marines | Thank You 100

11.11.2018 The British Army Remembers

29.10.2018 - SBS To Get New Minisubs

The UK has been cleared to buy 3 new swimmer deliver vehicles for the Special Boat Service

more info: SBS To Get New Minisubs
(Elite UK Forces report)

26.10.2018 - UK Looks To Buy New Special Forces Choppers

The United Kingdom is looking to buy 16 new special-operations-capable Chinooks from Boeing, it has been revealed

more info: UK Looks To Buy New Special Forces Choppers
(Elite UK Forces report)

26.10.2018 - All British Military Roles Now Open To Women

Women will now be elligable to apply for all military roles in the British armed forces - including the SAS, SBS, Parachute Regiment and Royal Marines - it has been announced.

more info: SAS: Women allowed to join for first time
(BBC News)

06.09.2018 - Video: 59 Commando Drills

Video from 59 Commando's Twitter:

59 Commando are part of 24 Commando Royal Engineers

03.09.2018 - SAS Instructors Face Court Marshall

Two Special Air Service (SAS) instructors have been charged with negligence over the deaths of three recruits during SAS selection in the Brecon Beacons in 2013....

more info: SAS recruitment deaths: Two soldiers charged with negligence after three recruits died during Brecon Beacon exercise
(The Independent)

19.08.2018 - Video: CHF Carrier Ops

Video from Jane's by IHS Markit featuring the CO of Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) talking on the Commando Merlin's upcoming deployment on the Queen Elizabeth carrier. Future upgrades for the CHF Merlin and Wildcat fleets are also discussed.

09.08.2018 - Army To Drop Several Weapon Systems

The Light Machine Gun, Light Support Weapon and 60mm mortar will be phased out of service over the coming months....

more info: Army To Drop Several Weapon Systems
(Elite UK Forces)

07.08.2018 - video: 658 Sqn Dauphin 2

A twitter user has posted a phone video showing a 658 Squadron AAC Dauphin 2 helicopter landing somewhere in the UK.

06.08.2018 - Special Forces Chopper Close Encounter

Footage of a Special Forces helicopter flying low in the fog by a road in Cumbria has emerged....

more info: Special Forces Chopper Close Encounter
(Elite UK Forces)

02.07.2018 - Special Forces Hercules Loss Revealed

The loss of a RAF SF Hercules C4 aircraft from a hard landing in Iraq last year has just now been revealed....

more info: Special Forces Hercules Loss Revealed
(Elite UK Forces)

29.06.2018 - Video: 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group

Video featuring Marines with 43 Commando demonstrating their nuclear deterrant protection role.

12.06.2018 - Photo: Pathfinder Platoon Coyote

Photo showing Pathfinder Platoon operating Coyote 6X6 TSV

12.06.2018 - Video: 539 ASRM Helocasting

Video showing Raiding Troop 539 Assault Group Royal Marines helocasting from 846 NAS Merlin helicopters.

26.04.2018 - Army Get Updated Rifle

The British Army is upgrading its SA80A2 rifles to A3 standard....

more info: Army Get Updated Rifle
(Elite UK Forces)

26.04.2018 - Video: Pathfinder Platoon

British Army video showing members of 16 Air Assault Brigade's Pathfinder Platoon undergoing patrol and tactical live-firing training.

16.04.2018 - Photo: SBS In Afghanistan

Photo of 2 Special Boat Service (SBS) commandos standing next to a U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa helicopter at a base in Afghanistan, 2011....
British Special Boat Service (SBS) troopers in Afghanistan, 2011. [1080 x 806] from reddit

03.04.2018 - 2 PARA Video

Paratroopers from B Coy, 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, take part in a complex live-firing assault alongside their counterparts from the US 101st Airborne Division, marking the culmination of several weeks of advanced interoperability training between the two airborne units.....

31.03.2018 - UKSF Soldier Killed In Syria

A British Special Forces soldier has been killed during an operation in Syria....
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25.03.2018 - Special Forces Museum Exhibition

An exhibition on British Special Forces is on at London's National Army Museum from the 17th of March to 18th of November 2018....
more info: Special Forces: In the Shadows
(National Army Museum)

07.03.2018 - Photo: SBS In Afghanistan

Spotted online - photo showing 2 Special Boat Service (SBS) commandos in a 4x4 vehicle (with mounted GPMG)_as a C-130K Hercules flies past circa 2006-2008....
Two British Special Boat Service (SBS) troopers in their vehicle, as a cargo plane glides behind them in Afghanistan, c. 2006-2008. [1080 x 809] from reddit

more info: Photo: SBS In Afghanistan

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