Behind the Scenes With a US Special Ops Gunboat Crew

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    Behind the Scenes With a US Special Ops Gunboat Crew

    By Erik Sofge
    Photographs by Chad Hunt
    Published in the March 2009 issue of Popular Mechanics

    When the US Special Forces need safe passage along a river, they call on the best-trained boatmen in the world. A PM reporter tags along on a live-fire exercise with the elite gunboat crews of Special Boat Team 22.

  2. "they call on the best-trained boatmen in the world"

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    I agree! Any such statement is always 'debatable.' Keep in mind that it was made by a media person.
  4. Yes I'm sure that he wasn't informed of that by the SF PR person. :roll:
    If you're going to backtrack and criticise the author for his hyperbole why post this sort of glorified PR in the first place?
  5. A statement like that is always debateable. But at the same time, when it comes to military boating and small crafts I would challenge someone to name a better trained unit than the Navy's SWCC. There are few units of that kind and those boys go through a very harsh training regimen. It's basically BUD/s without Hellweek and more emphasis on boating.
  6. If 'no hyperbole' was the standard of reporting required for posting anything by the media here there'd be about 50% fewer threads on Arrse.
  7. I spent a week in Little Creek with them about ten years ago, they were a squared away bunch. Best in the world I don't know, but they seemed pretty damned good to me.
  8. I want their job.
  9. The Royal Marine LC Specialisation are one unit that are better trained for a start.
  10. Why? Because they're British?
  11. Ofcourse... 8)
  12. more exactly because they didn't put "special ops" in their unit title!

    what if you need them to do an Op that isnt particularly "special" its just a normal op, but its a bit risky?

    do you use a different unit?

    the "mundane op" boat crew?
  13. They form the backbone of the Royal Marine Assault Squadrons for a start.
    If you want best in the world Speshul Forces boat handling you could of course do worse than British units such as the Royal Engineers shown here.
    Enjoy, :D .
  14. Most of Tripwire's garbage would get culled, that's for sure. :lol:
  15. No, because I've seen the USN boat drills up close and they're shockingly bad (I've got photographic proof somewhere as well-I'll dig it out).

    I also had the misfortune of meeting some SWCC creatures before and not only were they fcuking dullards who tried to wear jeans to a formal mess do (that was amusing to watch), they then subjected me to a powerpoint presentation of what they had been up to in a certain part of the world and hyping up blue light patrols as the ultimate requirement of skill, ability and firepower (err, it's not).