10 Best Special Forces in 2017
Special operations forces or simply Special Forces are factions of the military with extreme training to handle insecure missions. The kinds of operations they carry out target economic, political or military gain. The word “special forces” originated back in the 20th century from the German Brandenburgers during the World War II.
It is not easy to rank the best Special Forces worldwide. This is because some of these Special Forces have different set of skills for various roles. Countries throughout the world train the brave men and women so that they can do the impossible. It is their duty to go where no one else wants to go.
The following are the best Special Forces in the world. One thing about them is that they are always surrounded by a mysterious air. Their identity can never be revealed to the general public.
MARCOS from India
The Marine Commando Force, MARCOS, is an Indian Navy special operations unit. It was assembled to handle special operations like Counterproliferation, Asymmetric warfare, Personnel recovery, hostage rescue, and Unconventional warfare. Other roles include Special reconnaissance, Direct action, Counter-terrorism, and Amphibious warfare. The MARCOS have the know-how to operate in maritime environment.
GIGN from France
The National Gendarmerie Intervention Group, GIGN, is a faction of the French Armed Forces. The unit has skills in hostage rescue and counter terrorism missions within the country and worldwide. What informed the formation was the Munich massacre during the Olympic Games in 1971. The goal here was to get ready for any possible future attack. The government made GIGN a permanent force in 1973 so as to deal with terrorist attacks. Its reputation comes from how swift it is in responding to any attack. GIGN has so far gone to search, intervention and protection missions.
GIS from Italy
The Gruppo di Intervento Speciale, GIS, is an elite unit drawn from the Italian Carabinieri military police. The Italian State Police created this elite force in 1978 to work against the rising terrorism cases. The group’s sharp marksmanship makes them be respected globally. At the moment GIS has about one hundred soldiers. Some of their roles are provide security services, anti-terrorism operations and training.
EKO Cobra from Austria
EKO Cobra is an acronym for Einsatzkommando Cobra. It is the main counter terrorism unit in Austria having been assembled in 1978. Its formation was a response to the 1972 Munich Olympics attack on the Israeli athletes. This elite unit’s primary role is counter-terrorism. Despite their fast-speed response, the unit has a low profile. They were involved in a hostage rescue in the Graz-Karlau Prison in 1996 and numerous other operations. One outstanding achievement is that they rescued hostages while the plane was still in air. Actually it’s the only unit to do so, making some consider it as the best trained counter-terrorism unit worldwide.
SSG from Pakistan
The Special Services Group is an elite unit drawn from the Pakistan Army. It has a close resemblance to the British Army’s SAS and US Army’s Special Forces. This special operations force was established in 1956 and is alternatively known as “Black Storks.” The SSG has a strong courage and bravery which makes them be seen as one of the best. They have a unique headgear – “Maroon Beret.”
Their top notch expertise is well captured by a Russian president. He once said that with Russian weapons and Pakistan’s army, he can conquer any country in the world. The SSG has training for specific missions – Counter-Proliferation, Special Operations and Asymmetric Warfare. Other tasks are Foreign Internal Defense, Hostage Rescue, Personnel Recovery, Counter-Terrorist, and Special Reconnaissance.
JW GROM from Poland
The Jednostka Wojskowa GROM is Poland’s special operations force that primarily counters terrorism. The unit was created on 13th of July 1990 to respond to rising threats from terrorists. GROM means thunder and makes up the five Special Forces of the Polish Armed Forces. Their training equips them to respond to various threats. They also have roles in warfare such as projection of power behind enemy lines and anti-terrorist actions.
GSG 9 from Germany
This is an elite special operations unit drawn from the German Federal Police. The unit was created in 1973 to help rescue 11 kidnapped Israeli athletes during the Summer Olympic Games. Some situations that trigger deployment of GSG 9 include extortion, kidnapping, terrorism and hostage taking. Other tasks include neutralizing targets, securing location, sniper operations and tracking down fugitives. The unit is credited for having developed and tested tactics required for these kinds of missions. They have completed over 1500 missions between 1972 and 2003 – where only five occasions forced them to discharge their weapons.
Delta Force – U.S.A
The popular Delta Force is actually called 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta and was created in 1997 after various public terrorist actions in the United States. It is respected for being one of the most secretive units worldwide. Delta Force has a close resemblance to the British 22 Special Air Service Regiment. The founder was driven by the thought that America required an elite force, just like the SAS. The force’s main tasks are national intervention operations, counter-terrorism and direct action. This is also a versatile group for other duties like raids and hostage rescues.
United States Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Teams – simply Navy SEALs – traces back to World War II. It is composed of male members of the U.S. Navy who have undergone the best training in the world. The CIA’s most secretive faction, Special Activities Division (SAD), recruits operators from the SEAL Teams. Joint CIA and Navy SEALs actions are linked to the infamous MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War. These joint operations are still being done today as witnessed in Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The Navy SEALs and CIA are credited for having found and killed Osama Bin Laden.
SAS – the U.K
Special Air Service is a top notch special force in the United Kingdom. Its roots can be traced back to the Second World War when it was established in 1941. It was reformed as part of the Territorial Army in 1947, and named the 21st Battalion, SAS Regiment. Its fame in the world was earned after rescuing hostages in 1980 at the Iranian Embassy siege. The main role of this elite unit is to counter terrorists and take part in special operations at wartime.
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