All of the SBS’s four squadrons, C, Z, M and X, are configured for general operations,and rotate through the Maritime Counter Terrorism Role, also known as Black Role. The SBS also operates on land, with recent operations in the mountains of landlocked Afghanistan and in the deserts of Iraq. Their main tasks include intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism operations (surveillance or offensive action), sabotage and the disruption of enemy infrastructure, capture of specific individuals, close protection of senior politicians and military personnel, plus reconnaissance and direct action in foreign territory.
1901 All That Was Left of Them - Richard Caton Woodville
Illustrates the scene at Modderfontein Farm where a squadron of the 17th lancers were pinned down by a large Boer force, and fought to the finish. Modderfontein Farm in the Eastern Cape, about 10 miles from Tarkastad, was the the battle on the 17th September 1901, between the 17th Lancers who had camped there, and General Jan Christiaan Smut’s Boer Commandos. C squadron of the 17th Lancers lost 3 Officers and 35 troopers, a single action in which the 17th Lancers lost more men in one day than any other day, inclduing that of the infamous charge of the Light Brigade. Also killed that day were three gunners from the Royal Garrison Artillery. Another account states that out of 130 men, 29 were killed and 41 wounded. All Officers had been killed or wounded.
A 17-pounder Sherman from C Squadron, 20th Armoured Regiment, 4th NZ Armored Brigade, during final drive through the Po Valley. This is the VC version of the tank. Note the countershading under the front half of the barrel.
British infantry tank Churchill, firing at the positions of North Korean troops in Seoul area. Infantry tanks Churchill from the squadron “C” of the 7th Royal tank regiment during the fighting on the Han river; Korea; 1951 year
A C-130J Super Hercules from the 37th Airlift Squadron flies over Normandy, France, June 3, 2015. Over 380 service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units are participating in the 71st anniversary commemoration as part of Joint Task Force D-Day 71. The task force, based in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, is supporting local events across Normandy, from June 2-8, to commemorate the Allies’ actions on D-Day, which continue to resonate 71 years later. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)
Weekend, engage! Hope everyone had a good week back from the holidays.
“Master Sgt. Gerard Garrotte, C-5B Galaxy flight engineer with the 312th Airlift Squadron, controls the start switch on the ATM panel during preflight operations on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug 16, 2014. He was flying a mobility channel mission, moving high-priority cargo and passengers among air bases in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker)”
British infantry tank “Churchill» «North Irish Horse»
during breakout "Gothic Line» Mark IV A22 (factory E172292V number) with its own name «Castlerobin» of squadron C( in northern Italy, August 1944-October.
Since 1973, units of the Netherlands Marine Corps have formed part of the British 3 Commando Brigade during exercises and real conflict situations. Also, the 7th SBS NL troop will be placed under UK operational command as part of C Squadron, UK Special Boat Service. Together, these form the UK/NL Landing Force.