UK Special Forces

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The United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) is a UK Ministry of Defence Directorate which also has the capability to provide a Joint Special Operations Task Force Headquarters. UKSF is commanded by Director Special Forces (DSF), a Major General.[1]

Formation

UKSF was formed in 1987[2] to draw together the Army's Special Air Service (SAS) and the Special Boat Squadron, Royal Marines (SBS), which was renamed the Special Boat Service at the same time, into a unified command, based around the former Director SAS who was given the additional title of Director Special Forces. The Directorate has been expanded by the creation of the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing, the Special Reconnaissance Regiment and the Special Forces Support Group[3].

Tasks

  • Counter Terrorism
  • Covert Reconnaissance
  • Special reconnaissance
  • Direct Action
  • Close Protection
  • Counter Revolutionary Warfare
  • Reconnaissance of the deep battlespace
  • Offensive operations in the deep battlespace
  • Battlespace preparation in Transition To War
  • Infrastructure disruption
  • Capture of subjects of interest
  • Human intelligence (HUMINT) collection
  • Defence Diplomacy
  • Training of other nations' armed forces[4]


See also

Intelligence Corps | Joint Support Group | 14th Intelligence Company | 4 Field Survey Troop

Notes

  1. British Special Forces, United Kingdom Special Forces, HM Forces, Accessed 04-May-2010
  2. British Special Forces, United Kingdom Special Forces, HM Forces, Accessed 04-May-2010
  3. British Special Forces, United Kingdom Special Forces, HM Forces, Accessed 04-May-2010
  4. Echo Squadron, About UKSF, Echo Squadron, Accessed 04-May-2010