It is very significant for a country to have its special force that has the mission to protect to a country on its offensive and defensive mode. To make the country stable and vigorous against odds over others outgrow, special forces has special missions over through their commanding officers. Here is the list of the top 10 best special forces in the world today, wherein these particular forces will define how powerful their country is when it comes to military forces.
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10. British Royal Marine Commandos
Corps of Royal Marines (RM) is the United Kingdom’s amphibious light infantry force, forming part of the Naval Service, along with the Royal Navy. RM’s motto, “Per Mare, Per Terram” which means “by sea, by land.” They substantially carry the colors of blue, gold, green and red along with their seal. This British Royal Marine Commando was founded on 1664 under the allegiance of Queen Elizabeth II, with the major role of expeditionary and amphibious warfare. Currently, they have offices in Whitehall, London and England and Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh with Major General Robert Magowan as the Commandant General. Presently, British Royal Marine Commandos has now 7,760 Royal Marines and 750 Royal Marines Reserve. As highly and specialised and adaptable light infantry force, the Royal Marines are trained for worldwide deployment , and they are capable of dealing with several kinds of threats and counter-terrorism.
The Commandos Marine is the special operation forces of the French Navy. They are made up of some 600 members plus support, mostly based in Northwestern France (Brittany, with several bases of forces all over the country for specific training needs. These Marines are nicknamed, ”Green Beret” with the roles for Special Operations, Direct Terrorism, Direct Action, Long-range reconnaissance, Special Reconnaissance, Underwater Demolition and Amphibious Warfare. Currently, the commanding officer for these French Naval Commandos is RADM Olivier Coupry, on the other hand, some notable commanders over the years are CDR. Phillippe Kieffer and LCDR Victor Servent. They also operate under the Naval Riflemen and Special Operations Forces Command (ALFUSCO) and also they form part of the French Special Operations Command. The French Naval Commandos were formed at the start of World War II where they also participated in 1942 in the United Kingdom. They were first formed from free French volunteers and each from from different services, mainly from Navy Fusiliers Marins, and other Navy specialties and even from the Army.
8. German GSG 9
Grenzschutzgruppe 9 der Bundespolizei or the Border Protection Group 9 of the Federal Police or commonly abbreviated as GSG 9. It’s a German counter-terrorism, hostage, and special operations police unit. This group was formed early on April 17, 1973, with about 1800 operators. As a consequence of the mismanagement of the Olympic tragedy, the West German government created the GSG 9 under the leadership of then Oberstleutnant Ulrich Wegener so that similar situations in the future could be responded to adequately and professionally. GSG 9 is positioned in cases of hostage-taking, kidnapping, extortion and terrorism. The group may also be used to secure locations, neutralize targets, track down fugitives and sometimes conduct sniper operations. The unit is very active in developing and testing methods and tactics for these missions.
7. US Rangers
The United States Army Rangers are an elite military formation of the United States Army that serves the U.S. Army Ranger units or are graduates from the U.S. Army Ranger School. The term “Ranger” has been in use unofficially in a military context since the early 17th century and has been active since 1942 to present. With the motto, “Rangers Lead the Way” and had 75th Ranger Regiment. The first military company were English soldiers fighting in King Philip’s War in 1676 and from the term came into common official use in the French and Indian Wars. The Ranger Training Brigade (RTB) headquartered with location at Fort Benning is an organization which is under the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and is separate from the 75th Ranger Regiment.
6. Russian Spetsnaz
Spetsnaz or Special Purpose Forces or Special Purpose Military Units is a popular term for Special forces in Russi. It is also used in numerous post-Soviet states. The term referred to as individual military units controlled by the military intelligence service GRU (Spetsnaz GRU)In post-Soviet countries. The Russian term Spetsnaz is associated with the special forces units of Russia, although the other Post-Soviet states often refer to their special forces by the name as well since they inherited special purpose units from the now-defunct Soviet security agencies. The Spetsnaz also have non-Russian Spetsnaz forces which include the 5th Spetsnaz Brigade of Belarus or the Alpha Group of the Security Service of Ukraine. It also describes special purpose units or task forces of other ministries such as the Ministry of Emergency Situations’ special rescue unit.
5. The Delta Force
The Delta Force is officially known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), it is one of the US special missions units primarily focused on the counter-terrorism mission. Over the years it had few name changes such as Combat Applications Group (CAG) and is now officially known as Army Compartmented Elements (ACE). Delta was formed since 1977 and up to present by Colonel Charles Beckwith, its first commander. This is made to fight the growing threat of terrorism all over the world, where Beckwith saw a need for a precision strike force within the Army after working with the British Special Air Service (SAS) in the early 1970’s.
4. Pakistan Special Services Group SSG
The Special Services Group (SSG) is a primary special operations force of the Pakistan Army. It is a regiment-sized group and has its headquarters at Tarbela Cantonment. This was founded in Pakistan on March 23, 1956, and currently stable up to present with the leading role in Special Operations. SSG use the official colors of maroon and sky blue with the current commander Major-General Tahir Bhutta as the General Officer Commanding and Lt. Gen. Haroon Aslam is the most famous leader in the SSG history. It is divided into eight battalions and headed by a Major General. Each battalion consists of 700 men in four companies, with each company split into platoons and then into 10-man teams.
3. Indian MARCOS
Operating since 1987 up to present, MARCOS as previously named as Marine Commando Force (MCF) is the special forces unit of the Indian Navy which is created for conducting special operations such as Amphibious warfare, Close Quarter Combat Counter Terrorism, Direct Action, Special Rennaissance and more. The MCF is specially organized, trained and equipped for the conduct of special operations in a maritime environment. MARCOS is short for Marine Commandos. This force has gradually acquired experience and reputation for professionalism over the three decades it has been in existence. The MARCOS are capable of undertaking operations in all types of terrains but are specialized in maritime operations.
2. NAVY SEALs
United States Navy SEALs is short for Sea, Air, and Land Teams. It is the US Navy’s first individual transactions and a component of the Naval Special Warfare Command. For 54 years of operation since January 1, 1962, Navy SEALs is now very stable with a size of 2500 personnel. Its motto, “ The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday,” “It Pays to be a Winner.” They also have been engaged in several wars and special operations over the past years. Among the SEALs’ primary function is to conduct small-unit maritime military transactions that originate from, and return to, a river, ocean, swamp, delta, or coastline. The SEALs are trained to operate in all environments. In 2018, all active SEALs are currently male and members of the US Navy. The CIA’s highly secretive and elite Special Operations Group (SOG) recruits operators from SEAL Teams, with joint operations going back to the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War.
1. British SAS
Special Air Service (SAS) was founded in 1941 to 1945, but pause for a year and return in 1947 up to present. It is a special forces unit of the British Army. The group undertakes some roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and hostage rescue. Now, the corps presently comprise of 22 Special Air Service Regiment, with the regular component under the operational command of United Kingdom Special Forces, and 21 Artists Special Air Service Regiment (Reserve) and 23 Special Air Service Regiment (Reserve), which are reserve units under the operational command of 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade. With its motto, “Who Dares Wins” and a nickname of Regiment, SAS performed many roles in its operations. Currently, Field Marshal Lord Guthrie is the Colonel Commandant of SAS.