US SOCOM at Embassies

#4
goon_bde said:
nothing new there
I worked at a US Embassy for 4 years, Joe public would be very supprised what sort of outfits are based in that building.
 
#6
moving-target-survivor said:
india-juliet said:
goon_bde said:
nothing new there
I worked at a US Embassy for 4 years, Joe public would be very supprised what sort of outfits are based in that building.
...rubber kinky stuff huh? 8O
Lol I had wished!!! I can give you a non classified list if you wish,
 
#7
moving-target-survivor said:
india-juliet said:
goon_bde said:
nothing new there
I worked at a US Embassy for 4 years, Joe public would be very supprised what sort of outfits are based in that building.
...rubber kinky stuff huh? 8O
Probably the full Village People set (with spare Motorcycle Cop - v popular), World Dominator Suits (a la Dr Evil, George W Bush etc) and some nice Hooters uniforms for the laydeeees.
 
#8
I have just been reading that the Americans may be moving from Grosvenor Square in London, and are interested in the site at Chelsea Barracks. Apparently the Embassy in London is at present, the only Embassy in the world that they don't own.

Chelsea Barracks back on market; the Ministry of Defence has appointed Drivers Jonas to market the 12.8-acre Chelsea Barracks site situated between Sloane Square and the Thames. Originally scheduled to be a PFI scheme, a plan that was dropped in 2004, the site was last valued at £58.5m in 2001 but it is now expected to fetch more than £250m. Four years ago Chelsea Barracks was the top of potential relocation sites for the US embassy and there is already speculation that this idea may still be on. The existing London embassy in Grosvenor Square is the only embassy in the world that the US government does not own. The Estates Gazette says that Grosvenor Estate, Candy & Candy and Berkeley, which was one of the final bidders for the PFI scheme, could also be in the running. Estates Gazette 04.03.06
 
#9
Styron said:
I have just been reading that the Americans may be moving from Grosvenor Square in London, and are interested in the site at Chelsea Barracks. Apparently the Embassy in London is at present, the only Embassy in the world that they don't own.
You are correct. The premises in Grosvenor Square & the land is owned by the Duke of Westminster. The token rent is one peppercorn a year. Apparently the Duke once commented to a previous Ambassador that if he was given back ansestral land in the States taken during the War of Independence, he would give them the building for free!!
 
#11
Lets hope they move, and then that ugly concrete monstrosity in Grovenor Square can be flattened and something more in keeoing with the area built.

Btw thanks for the info india-juliet. :D
 
#12
All Embassies and High Commissions have departments that "don't exist". The most amusing thing is the Emperor's New Clothes / Jedi Mind Trick attitude of the rest of the mission personnel about floors / parts of the building that "don't exist" when it's obvious that for the structural integrity of the building that they have to be there... :roll:
 
#13
The same applies to the US Naval Forces (Europe) HQ in Grosvenor Square too. The Resident Two Star Admiral is classed as the Tennant & the Duke is the Landlord. However COMNAVACT UK will be moving back to Italy within the next few years. So the American presence that has been resident in Grosvenor Square for well over 150 years will dissapear.
 
#14
Grosvenor Square is becoming a bit of security nightmare, as it's a public place but is increasingly becoming a compound patrolled by armed police and US Marines, and there have also been arguments with the London Authorities about increasing security further with more portakabins, barriers and other measures which detract from the square and hinder public access.

The Americans are still very interested in Chelsea Barracks (according to the Estates Gazzete) as an alternative, as the barracks with it's gate and restricted access would be a lot easier to secure than the present site at Grosvenor Square.
 
#15
Styron said:
Grosvenor Square is becoming a bit of security nightmare, as it's a public place but is increasingly becoming a compound patrolled by armed police and US Marines, and there have also been arguments with the London Authorities about increasing security further with more portakabins, barriers and other measures which detract from the square and hinder public access.

The Americans are still very interested in Chelsea Barracks (according to the Estates Gazzete) as an alternative, as the barracks with it's gate and restricted access would be a lot easier to secure than the present site at Grosvenor Square.
The US Marines you refere to in your post never patrol externally in Uniform. They are attached to the Marine Security Guard Detatchment, Quantico, Virgina. Each US Embassy worldwide has an MSG Detatchment. The US Naval HQ across the road also has a Detatchment of Marines but they are attached to the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion based in Norfolk, Vrigina.

I know alot of residents were complaining more about restrictions around the area and I think Westminster Council are getting a little peeved off now.
 
#16
Here's some pics of the US Marine Guard London,
as for what they guard the embassy interior and entrance only,
so your right india-juliet. Look what we have done to them though,
they were tee-total before they came here :LOL:




















 
#17
I recognise a few Marines in those pics. One who I knew as a Staff Sgt is now a Gunney I see. I remember old Ambassador Phil Lader who has now departed. One of the pics was taken at the US Marine birthday ball. I attended 3 of them.

Thanks for the pics, A blast from the past..

BTW : In one of those pics is the bar at the Marine house, Jesus I got blasted there one to many times!!
 
#18
I once went to some sort of business reception at the US Embassy for an organisation called 'London First'. The main reception room reminded me of a rather posh railway or tube station. The Ambassador came and gave a short but nevertheless rather patronising speech to the assembled Brits.
 
#19
RUCFOREVER said:
What was the old name? ISA, Intellegence Support Activity.
If it's the blokes I think you mean, it was the Intelligence Support Agency. It was a concept that grew out of the special forces guys that they inserted into Iran during the run-up to the Operation Eagle Claw - gods don't they just love a snappy name? :) - embassy hostage rescue mission before it all went pear shaped. They became a part of INSCOM and got up to all sorts of covert action fun during the 80's including allegedly getting mixed up with Iran-Contra. Apparently 'officially' disbanded in the late 80's reliable reporting had its existence continuing into the 90's before being absorbed into SOCCOM's intel shop.
 
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