So what do they do?
The new Unit's insignia
Elite special forces unit set up
An elite force has been set up to strengthen counter-terrorism and support special forces, Defence Secretary John Reid has confirmed.
The Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) based in Wales, will be drawn from Royal Marines, Parachute Regiment and the RAF Regiment.
Its insignia is a dagger run through by a lightning flash.
Based at St Athan, the SFSG will train with special forces to be deployed around the world at short notice.
In a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday, Defence Secretary John Reid said: "The new Special Forces Support Group will enhance the capability of the UK Special Forces to operate around the world and will provide the UK with an additional counter-terrorist capability.
"I am pleased to be able to inform the House that the new Special Forces unit stood up, as planned, in St Athan, near Cardiff on 3 April."
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said selection courses would involve arduous physical selection and high-quality infantry training.
The personnel will be equipped and provided with additional training to fit their specific specialist role on joining the SFSG.
One example of the type of work was from 2000 when a company of 1 Para attacked a rebel camp in Sierra Leone as Special Forces units rescued hostages from a separate camp, preventing rebel reinforcements from disrupting the rescue.
My bet, a Quick Reaction Force designed to deploy with the SAS/SBS, kinda like a US Ranger battalion. Standing units have too many other missions to train for and accomplish. Raiding, landing zone protection and perimeter control. Also, the SAS can train with a standing unit, the way the Rangers work with Special Forces and Delta.
Why do they need this? My bet is that the SAS wanted a unit which could save their asses without negotiating with people who may have issues with special ops. It also serves as a place for people who didn't make selection or want to apply for selection.
posted by Steve @ 1:38:00 AM