SRR Inauguration

#1
How very exciting!

http://www.news.mod.uk/news_headline_story2.asp?newsItem_id=3511



The new UK Special Reconnaissance Regiment, which became operational in April 2005, held its inaugural parade on Friday 2nd September 2005 at an undisclosed location.

At the parade, Secretary of State for Defence, John Reid, and Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mike Jackson took the salute from the Commanding Officer.

Welcoming this milestone in the Regiment's history, Defence Secretary John Reid said:

"The Special Reconnaissance Regiment is one of the new capabilities generated as part of the reshaping of our Armed Forces. They have greatly improved support to world-wide operations at a time when they are needed most in the ongoing fight against international terrorism."

Following an inspection of the Regiment, the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson told the assembled men and women:

"New threats require an agile and flexible response from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, who will have a central role in operations across the globe. I have complete faith in your ability and you have my full support."

Individuals from all ranks of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, wearing their respective parent Service uniforms with the new SRR Regiment berets, participated in the parade.

Once the Special Reconnaissance Regiment had formed up, the Commanding Officer gave a salute to the Secretary of State, Chief of the General Staff and the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments), Lt General Sir Rob Fry. An inspection of the Regiment by the Chief of the General Staff was then followed by a general salute by the Regiment. The concluding Regimental march-past was accompanied by the Parachute Regiment Band.

The new Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) is part of the enhanced Special Forces requirement identified in the Strategic Defence Review 'New Chapter' published in July 2002, which stated that the Ministry of Defence was: "planning to enhance the capabilities of our Special Forces and their enablers to maximise their utility and flexibility."

The Regiment draws its volunteer personnel from serving members of all three of the Armed Forces and operates under the command of Director Special Forces as part of the UK Special Forces group. It does not have a reservist component. Using a wide range of specialist skills and activities related to covert surveillance, the Special Reconnaissance Regiment provides support to international operations and reinforces the defence contribution to the Government's comprehensive strategy to counter international terrorism.
 
#2
Individuals from all ranks of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, wearing their respective parent Service uniforms with the new SRR Regiment berets, participated in the parade.
That would have been a sight to behold.(Especially the kilted gentleman-I expect he'll be as pleased with his new headgear as the Castle RSM appeared to be with his new cap badge)
 
#3
galgenberg said:
Individuals from all ranks of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, wearing their respective parent Service uniforms with the new SRR Regiment berets, participated in the parade.
That would have been a sight to behold.(Especially the kilted gentleman-I expect he'll be as pleased with his new headgear as the Castle RSM appeared to be with his new cap badge)
It must have been chaos. Most of them haven't seen No2 dress in years (esp the PC lot) - I bet the tailor was as busy as f***. Now the scaley techs etc can't big-time it anymore with their long sideys and civvy clothes. They'll need to wear the beige beret as per support arms at H. I'm assuming the capbadge will only worn by Ops who have passed the cse.
 

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#4
Presumably the chap in the picture above is RM - he's got a Naval LSGC in his medal group. I bet he's pleased as punch to swap his swampy green lid for a nice biege item....
 
#6
of course you cannot see the faces of those who were there , plenty of materials for the walts "I was there !" very little history so it should eb easy to walt it for a bit :lol:
 
#7
Well, at least there's no beret badge to be polished!
 
#8
semper said:
of course you cannot see the faces of those who were there , plenty of materials for the walts "I was there !" very little history so it should eb easy to walt it for a bit :lol:

.......I was there!
 
#9
semper said:
of course you cannot see the faces of those who were there , plenty of materials for the walts "I was there !" very little history so it should eb easy to walt it for a bit :lol:
I think you'll find the SRR absorbs most (all?) of the personnel from a unit which only had a role in one 'Country' and is now deployed on a worldwide basis.
 
#10
sknn wrote

Presumably the chap in the picture above is RM - he's got a Naval LSGC in his medal group. I bet he's pleased as punch to swap his swampy green lid for a nice biege item....
May be a Royal Marine Bandy looking for adventure, not that the SRR will be in uniform often enough for anyone to get too upset about the hat. Perhaps he was given it as a 'flash' test.

That Death's Head looking cap badge will cause some Guardian readers problems.
 
#11
Seadog said:
That Death's Head looking cap badge will cause some Guardian readers problems.
http://news.mod.uk/news/press/news_headline_story2.asp?newsItem_id=3210


The SRR cap badge consists of a Corinthian helmet placed in front of a Special Forces sword with a scroll underneath depicting the word 'reconnaissance'. This reflects the SAS and SBS cap badges in design, ensuring conformity within the UK Special Forces Group. The Corinthian style helmet, favoured by the ancient Greeks, was used from the early 7th to the 4th centuries BC. The helmet is facing forwards and suggests the viewer is being watched, while the wearer behind the mask is anonymous.
 
#12
Skull enough and violent looking. Sinister said a Liberty spokesperson who demanded something more reflective of the vibrant multicultural society that the SRR will serve.

(Or is that ob-serve?)
 
#14
Queensman said:
semper said:
of course you cannot see the faces of those who were there , plenty of materials for the walts "I was there !" very little history so it should eb easy to walt it for a bit :lol:

.......I was there!
I cannot possibly comment,but I hate my new hat :lol:
 
#15
Seadog said:
Skull enough and violent looking. Sinister said a Liberty spokesperson who demanded something more reflective of the vibrant multicultural society that the SRR will serve.
The spokesman is quite clearly a f***ing mutant! (man I haven't used that word for ages :D I love it)

Since when were they "serving a vibrant mulicultural society"? Bloody pish. Obviously been taking mind-bending substances.
 
#19
nice to be aboard.
Hi Taz,welcome to Arrse . However, in the Army , we say "this location" as opposed to aboard.

All this Navalese lately , it's almost like there's some kind of creeping invasion and.....

Oh my god, it's already too late isn't it? Resistance is futile , you will become Jack of Tar . Oh you fiends. .......... :D
 

maninblack

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#20
Queensman said:
semper said:
of course you cannot see the faces of those who were there , plenty of materials for the walts "I was there !" very little history so it should eb easy to walt it for a bit :lol:

.......I was there!
So was i......I was disguised as Gertrude, the Regimental Goat mascot....the hardest part of selection was growing the beardand horns.
 
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