Different units of United kingdom Special Forces(UKSF).

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Differences between UKSF units

Strong Defence services and their proper allocation is an essential parameter for any nations armed forces. The Royal British Armed forces or UKSF consist of various special forces units. Being a highly developed nation, their focus of investment on highly qualified defense personnel becomes a necessity. All of those units have different purposes and goals to ensure the all-around protection of the country.

To understand UKSF, one must understand the differences and functioning areas of various UK special forces. Here, we will be comparing all those points of difference between UKSF units.

Special Air Service

SAS
SAS Operatives

Air forces in any army make the whole defense system mightier. The Special Air Service of the British Army, also known as SAS, takes part in premier operations in many forms. 

SAS functions in the rescue of hostages, anti-terrorism squad, tracing the location of militants, and many more secret jobs with the help of airways and ground. UKSF SAS works as front-line air defense in war zones. They have been deployed in conflicts of Afghanistan and Iran. 

The most popular raid by the SAS was to end the siege of the Iranian Embassy by unknown gunners in 1980. The slogan of SAS is, “Who Dares Wins.”

Special Boat Service

Special Boat Service
SBS Operatives

British Royal Navy has this special boat service unit equivalent to SAS. Unlike Airborne SAS, SBS is a waterborne unit that gets equal training as SAS. SBS is more accountable for operations in the water region. Despite getting similar training as SAS, SBS specializes in handling maritime operations.

SBS takes part in various operations like recon, hostage rescue, and instant action required for maritime conflicts. SBS works like SAS for ground duties, but they have extra responsibility for tasks assigned in water. 

We can conclude it by saying SBS is equivalent to SAS with an additional skill set to deal with problems in water. “By strength and Guile” is the motto of Special Boat Services. The Foundation year of SBS was 1940. 

Special Reconnaissance Regiment

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SBS Soldiers
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SRR is a special unit created for missions and general-purpose defense intelligence surveys, and collecting secret information. The purpose of SRR is to lighten the load of surveillance roles from SBS and SAS. 

SRR selects its personnel from any existing branch of the British Armed forces. This special regiment has given its reconnaissance services in Yemen, Somalia, Ireland, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Libyan civil war. It was founded in 2005. SRR delivers surveillance service to the British military and all UKSF units.

Special Forces Support Group

SFSG
SFSG Soldier

SFSG was created in 2006 to give additional infantry support to all the existing special forces SAS, SBS, and SRR. Special Forces can take the help of SFSG if they require extra sniper support, ground firepower, or air support in a warzone.

SFSG consists of gunners from the RAF Regiment, special soldiers from the Parachute Regiment, British Army commandos, and Royal Marines. The parachute regiment is the volumetric constituent of this special unit. SFSG consists of defense personnel from prominent branches of UKSF.

Final words about the difference between various UKSF units

The Ministry of Defence(MOD) monitors these special forces combined, known as UKSF.

We can quickly conclude functioning areas of these special forces as SAS for ground and air resistance, SBS for water disputes and operation, SRR to provide intelligence support, and SFSG to provide additional artillery support to any special force units. 

Combining all these highly skilled units makes a powerful special force UKSF which generates a massive impression globally.