Special forces, often known as special operations forces, are highly trained military teams that are well equipped to carry out unconventional or unusual covert missions in the interests of a nation's security.
Throughout the history of warfare, there have been several tales of special forces that specialize in clandestine operations rather than traditional battle. For reconnaissance and commando operations, the Romans deployed swift, tiny, and camouflaged ships with specially trained warriors.
They are clearly not typical military forces, and neither is this list. Based on their training, weapons, and accomplishments, we've developed a list of the world's 16 most dangerous special forces.
5. Delta Force (1st SFOD-D) – USA
In recent years, the phrase "Delta Force" has become associated with special forces. It's almost become a household name. But it wasn't intended to be like this. The 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, often known as Delta Team, is a secret special operations team designed to attack high-value targets and execute counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, and recon missions.
The foundation of such a group was advocated by Charles Beckwith, a Special Forces officer who had served as an exchange officer with the British Army's Special Air Service (22 SAS Regiment) during the Malayan Emergency. He argued for a force that is highly adaptable and self-sufficient, with a focus on covert missions.
Former Delta Force operator Paul Howe discussed the high attrition rate of his Delta selection school in an interview. Only 12 to 14 students out of a total of 240 completed his two classes.
4. Alpha Group – Russia
Some of you may be wondering what 'Spetsnaz' is all about. You should be aware that the name "Spetsnaz" refers to all Soviet/Russian special forces.
The Soviet KGB established the Alpha Group, also known as Directorate "A" of the FSB Special Purpose Center, in 1974 to carry out counter-terrorism activities and provide a security layer for the Soviet leadership.
Currently, the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia's internal security agency, oversees Alpha Group.
3. Shayetet 13 – Israel
Shayetet 13 had been involved in practically every major Israeli conflict since its inception in 1964, including the 1967 Six-Day War and the War of Attrition, during which it aided Sayeret Matkal against Egyptian forces.
Operators from Shayetet 13 took part in the 1973 Israeli operation on Lebanon, in which IDF forces attacked many high-ranking commanders of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Black September with the help of Mossad (Israel's intelligence agency). It is seen as part of Israel's "Wrath of God" operation, which was launched in vengeance for the perpetrators of the Munich Massacre in 1972.
2. Navy SEALs – The United States
The United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land Teams (Navy SEALs) were formed in 1962 as a joint effort of the Naval Special Warfare Command and the United States Special Operation Command.
Navy SEALs have been deployed in active war zones in recent decades, notably the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Without a question, the Navy SEALs' finest achievement was Operation Neptune Spear.
Their training methods are extremely tough, and they are sometimes referred to as 'brutal.' Before being enlisted, the average SEALs candidate undergoes more than a year in a rigorous physical and mental training regimen.
1. (SAS) (Special Air Service– United Kingdom)
The Special Air Service (SAS) is one of the United Kingdom's oldest and, perhaps, best special forces. It was founded in 1941.
The SAS consists of three units: the regular 22 SAS Regiment, the 21 SAS (Artists)(R), and the reserve 23 SAS Regiment (reserves). A, B, D, and G are the four squadrons that make up the 22 SAS regiment. Each squadron is made up of roughly 65 guys who are split into four groups. Each troop has its own command post, which is supervised by a captain.
During the Afghan War, the British SAS played an important role. The SAS operators successfully liberated the hostages from Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan during a coordinated rescue operation with US special forces code-named Jubilee.
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