Top 10 Most Elite Special Forces In The World
10. GSG 9 – Germany
Grenzschutzgruppe 9 in English ‘Border Protection Group 9’ (GSG 9) is the elite Police Tactical Unit of the German Federal Police. GSG 9 counterparts on the state level are the Special Deployment Commandos. GSG 9 is deployed in cases of hostage-taking, kidnapping, terrorism, and extortion. 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. The group may provide advice to the different states of Germany, ministries or international allies.
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9. Delta Force – United States
The 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), commonly referred to as Delta Force, is an elite special mission unit of the United States Army, under operational control of the Joint Special Operations Command. The unit is tasked with specialized missions primarily involving hostage rescue and counterterrorism, as well as direct action and special reconnaissance against high-value targets.
8. SSG – Pakistan
The Special Service Group (SSG) is the primary special operations force of the Pakistan Army. The SSG is a regiment-sized unit and is headquartered at Tarbela Cantonment. It is headed by a major-general and divided into eight battalions. Each battalion comprises 700 men in four companies, with each company, split into platoons and then into 10-man teams. Each battalion is commanded by a lieutenant colonel. Recently, SSG has been active in anti-terrorist operations in Pakistan’s restive western borders with Afghanistan and fighting Islamic extremists in Pakistani cities such as the Lal Masjid siege. On 6 December 2014, a special team of Pakistani SSG and Light Commandos tracked down and killed the Global Operations Chief of al-Qaeda Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah along with five other al-Qaeda fighters in South Pakistan.
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7. Unidad de Operaciones Especiales – Spain
The Unidad de Operaciones Especiales, The Special Operations Unit – UOE was the elite special operations force of the Spanish Navy and Marines from 1967 to 2009. In June 2009, the unit was absorbed into the newly formed Naval Special Warfare Force (Fuerza de Guerra Naval Especial). The UOE was tasked with Special Operations in maritime, coastal and inland environments usually up to 50 km from the sea, though this was not a restriction and its teams were known to operate deep inland.
6. Alpha Group – Russia
Spetsgruppa “A”, also known as Alpha Group, is an elite, stand-alone sub-unit of Russia’s special forces. It is a dedicated counter-terrorism task force of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).This special-purpose counter-terrorism unit was involved in delicate operations which necessitated its members have a unique skill set. Alpha became increasingly deployed domestically to respond to a rising number of hostage-taking situations.
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5. GIGN – France
GIGN – France is the elite Police Tactical Unit of the French National Gendarmerie. Its missions include counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, surveillance of national threats, protection of government officials, and targeting organized crime. GIGN reports directly to the Director General of the Gendarmerie Nationale (DGGN) i.e. the chief of staff of the Gendarmerie who in turn reports directly to the Ministry of the interior. The DGGN can take charge of a major crisis; however, most of the day-to-day missions are conducted in support of local units of the Departmental Gendarmerie.
4. Sayeret Matkal – Israel
General Staff Reconnaissance Unit 269, more commonly known as Sayeret Matkal is a special forces unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Sayeret Matkal is also tasked with counter-terrorism and hostage rescue beyond Israel’s borders. The unit is modelled after the British Army’s Special Air Service, taking the unit’s motto “Who Dares, Wins”. The unit is the Israeli equivalent of Delta Force of the United States and to the UK’s Special Air Service. It is directly subordinate to the IDF’s Directorate of Military Intelligence.
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3. SAS – United Kingdom
The Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces unit of the British Army. The SAS was founded in 1941 as a regiment and later reconstituted as a corps in 1950. The unit undertakes a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and hostage rescue.
2. Special Boat Service – UK
The Special Boat Service (SBS) is the special forces unit of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. The SBS can trace its origins to the Second World War to the Army Special Boat Section formed in 1940. In 1987, they were renamed Special Boat Service and became part of the United Kingdom Special Forces Group alongside the Special Air Service and 14 Intelligence Company. The principal roles of the SBS are Surveillance Reconnaissance (SR), including information reporting and target acquisition; Offensive Action (OA), including direction of air strikes, artillery and naval gunfire, designation for precision-guided munitions, use of integral weapons and demolitions; and Support and Influence (SI), including overseas training tasks. The SBS also provide immediate response Military Counter Terrorism (CT) and Maritime Counter Terrorism (MCT) teams.
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1. United States Navy SEALS
The United States Navy’s “Sea, Air, and Land” Teams, commonly abbreviated as the Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy’s primary special operations force and a component of the Naval Special Warfare Command. The SEALs are trained to operate in all environments (Sea, Air, and Land) for which they are named and are one of the United State’s most elite special operation force.
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