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No. 44 (Royal Marine) Commando. No. 44 (Royal Marine) Commando was a battalion size formation in the British Commandos, formed during the Second World War. The Commando was assigned to the 3rd Special Service Brigade and served in the Burma Campaign. The British Commandos were formed in 1940, by the order of Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister. He called for specially trained troops that would "develop a reign of terror down the enemy coast".[1] At first they were a small force of volunteers who carried out small raids against enemy occupied territory, [2] but by 1943 there role had changed into lightly equipped assault Infantry which specialised in spearheading amphibious landings.[3] No.44 (Royal Marine) Commando was raised in August 1943, from the 3rd Royal Marine Battalion under command of Lieutenant Colonel F C Horton.

It served in the Far East with the 3rd Special Service Brigade. Later the same month No. 44 took part in their first operations against the Japanese. Notes Bibliography. 40 Commando. 40 Commando RM is a battalion sized formation of the British Royal Marines and subordinate unit within 3 Commando Brigade, the principal Commando formation, under the Operational Command of Commander in Chief Fleet. Tasked as a Commando light infantry unit, 40 Commando (pronounced "Forty Commando") is capable of a wide range of operational tasks. Based at Norton Manor Camp, Norton Fitzwarren their barracks in Taunton, Somerset. Personnel regularly deploy outside the United Kingdom on operations or training. Whilst 3 Commando Brigade RM are the principal cold weather warfare formation, personnel are capable of operating in a variety of theatres including tropical jungle, desert or mountainous terrain.

The Commando is a regular participant in the annual Brigade cold weather warfare exercise in Norway. The unit’s first “winter” was 1991, until which the unit was nicknamed the “Sunshine Commando”. History[edit] Formation[edit] Dieppe Raid[edit] Italy and the Aegean[edit] Post WW2[edit] 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines. The 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (43 Cdo FP Gp RM),[3] formerly Comacchio Company Royal Marines (1980–1983), Comacchio Group Royal Marines (1983–2001) and Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (2001-2012), is a 790 man unit of the Royal Marines responsible for guarding the United Kingdom's Naval nuclear weapons and other security-related duties. It falls under the authority of 3 Commando Brigade. History[edit] Second World War[edit] Early Commando units were all from the British Army but by February 1942, the Royal Marines were asked to organize Commando units of their own, and 6,000 men volunteered.[4] Along with No. 2, No. 9 and No. 40 (Royal Marine) Commandos they formed the 2nd Special Service Brigade.[9] Throughout the course of 1943–45, No. 43 (Royal Marine) Commando served in Italy, Yugoslavia and Greece.[10] Victoria Cross[edit] Re-forming[edit] In 2004, rifle squadron P was renamed S squadron and the Group was further expanded to a complement of 530.

[edit] 42 Commando. 42 Commando Royal Marines (pronounced: "Four Two Commando") is a battalion sized formation of the British Royal Marines and a subordinate unit within 3 Commando Brigade, the principal Commando formation, under the Operational Command of Commander in Chief Fleet. Tasked as a Commando unit, 42 Cdo RM is capable of a wide range of operational tasks. Based at Bickleigh Barracks near Plymouth, personnel regularly deploy outside the United Kingdom on operations or training. Whilst 3 Commando Brigade RM are the principal cold weather warfare formation, personnel are capable of operating in a variety of theatres including tropical jungle, desert or mountainous terrain.

All personnel will have completed the Commando course at the Commando Training Centre(CTCRM) at Lympstone in Devon, entitling them to wear the green beret, with attached personnel having completed the All Arms Commando Course. History[edit] Second World War[edit] Post-WW2[edit] Return to UK[edit] Falklands Conflict[edit] MOD 42 Commando. 45 Commando. 45 Commando Royal Marines (pronounced "four-five commando") is a battalion sized unit of the British Royal Marines and subordinate unit within 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, the principal Commando formation, under the Operational Command of Commander in Chief Fleet.

Tasked as a Commando amphibious unit, 45 Cdo RM is capable of a wide range of operational tasks. Based at RM Condor,[1] their barracks in Arbroath, personnel regularly deploy outside the United Kingdom on operations or training. While 3 Cdo Bde RM are the principal cold weather warfare formation, personnel are capable of operating in a variety of theatres including tropical jungle, desert or mountainous terrain. The Commando is a regular participant in the annual Brigade cold weather warfare exercise in Norway, having been the first UK unit to specialise in the mountain and Arctic warfare role during the early 1970s and deployed to Norway on NATO’s northern flank most years until the end of the Cold War. History[edit] United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group. The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), or DEVGRU, is a U.S.

Navy component of Joint Special Operations Command. It is often referred to as SEAL Team Six, the name of its predecessor which was officially disbanded in 1987.[1][2] DEVGRU is administratively supported by Naval Special Warfare Command and operationally commanded by the Joint Special Operations Command. Most information concerning DEVGRU is classified and details of its activities are not usually commented on by either the White House or the Department of Defense.[3] In 2010 it was reported DEVGRU's designation was changed by the Defense Department.[4] Despite the official name changes, "SEAL Team Six" remains the unit's widely recognized moniker. It is sometimes referred to in the U.S. media as a Special Mission Unit.[5] DEVGRU and its Army counterpart, Delta Force, are the United States military's primary counter-terrorism units.

History[edit] SEAL Team Six Patch Weapons[edit] A SEAL with M60 GPMG. 40 Commando.

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List of air forces. Spanish aircraft carrier Príncipe de Asturias. The Príncipe de Asturias, originally named Almirante Carrero Blanco, is an aircraft carrier and was the flagship of the Spanish Navy. She was built in Bazan's Shipyards and delivered to the Spanish Navy on 30 May 1988. Spain has operated aircraft carriers since the 1920s, initially with the seaplane tender SPS Dédalo and later the multi-role light carrier SPS Dédalo, which was formerly the US Navy's World War II light carrier USS Cabot. The SPS Dédalo was replaced as the navy's fleet flagship by the Príncipe de Asturias. The ship was permanently assigned to the Alpha Group, comprising the carrier and six Santa Maria class frigates (a Spanish version of the USN Oliver Hazard Perry FFGs).

Other vessels such as logistic ships, tankers and corvettes are frequently assigned to the Group when required. Príncipe de Asturias and the Alpha Group have participated in peace support operations in the Adriatic Sea. Design[edit] Armament[edit] Aircraft[edit] Withdrawal[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi (551) For other ships of this name, see Italian ship Giuseppe Garibaldi Giuseppe Garibaldi is an Italian aircraft carrier, the first through deck aviation ship ever built for the Italian Navy, and the first Italian ship built to operate fixed-wing aircraft.

She is equipped with short take-off and vertical landing aircraft (STOVL) aircraft and helicopters. The Garibaldi was involved in combat air operations off Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Libya. She is the fourth ship of the Italian Navy to be named after the 19th century Italian General Giuseppe Garibaldi. All four ships, including the missile cruiser, together with an image of Garibaldi, are depicted in the crest. Giuseppe Garibaldi's deck layout Built by Fincantieri (Italcantieri) at the Monfalcone shipyards on the Gulf of Trieste, she was laid down on 26 March 1981,[1] launched on 11 June 1983, and commissioned on 30 September 1985. Following the attacks of 11 September 2001 and the war on terror declared by U.S.

GlobalSecurity.org. JDS Hyūga (DDH-181) JDS Hyūga (DDH-181) is a Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The ship was built by IHI Marine United and commissioned into service on 18 March 2009.[1] This ship delivered supplies and other disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[2] Hyūga became the first Japanese ship to have an American MV-22 Osprey land aboard it during exercise Dawn Blitz in San Diego, California on June 14, 2013.[3] Izumo-class helicopter destroyer. The Izumo-class helicopter destroyer (いずも型護衛艦, Izumo-gata-goei-kan?) Or 22DDH is a type of new helicopter carrier class being constructed for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The ships of this class will be the largest surface combatants of the JMSDF, taking over the mantle currently held by the Hyūga-class helicopter destroyers. The lead ship was officially unveiled at Yokohama on 6 August 2013.[3] Construction[edit] The ship will be able to carry up to 14 helicopters;[3] however, only 7 ASW helicopters and 2 SAR helicopters are planned for the initial aircraft complement.

For other operations, 400 troops and 50 3.5t trucks (or equivalent equipment) can also be carried. In 2010, Forecast International reported that some design features were intended to support fixed wing aircraft such as the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II;[5] although neither the MOD nor the JMSDF have mentioned the possibility of introducing fixed-wing aircraft. Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer. The Hyūga's code-name (16DDH) and Ise's code-name (18DDH) derive from the Japanese calendar, specifically the 16th year and 18th year of the Heisei reign (2004 and 2006), when the provisional title was given.[1] Design and specifications[edit] The ships' primary mission is to function as an anti-submarine warfare carrier with her SH-60K anti-submarine helicopters.

They also have enhanced command-and-control capabilities, allowing them to serve as flagships for the JMSDF.[1] During peacetime operations, or “military operations other than war” (MOOTW), the ships join the Ōsumi-class ships for peacekeeping and relief operations, as well as the “diverse situations” Japan foresees confronting on the high seas. "[5] The ships are able to carry up to eleven helicopters, relying on a 16-cell VLS carrying the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile surface-to-air missile, along with the Phalanx close in weapon system, for self-defense. In 2013, USMC V-22 Ospreys practiced operations on the Hyūga.[13][14] Afghan War order of battle.

A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier scans for insurgents during an engagement on 10 April 2007, in the Sangin District area of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Love). This list covers current coalition forces in Afghanistan. For coalition forces involved in NATO combat operations in the past, see the articles Coalition combat operations in Afghanistan in 2006, Coalition combat operations in Afghanistan in 2007, and Coalition combat operations in Afghanistan in 2008.

International Security Assistance Force[edit] The overall command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force starts from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe at Casteau, Belgium. The Intermediate Joint Command in turn controls the regional commands, roughly analogous to divisions. Regional Command Capital[edit] Commander: Brigadier General Rafet Sevinc Sasmaz (Turkey)Headquarters: KabulArea of responsibility: Kabul Province Combat units[edit] Regional Command South[edit] Air Force Special Operations Command. 24th Special Tactics Squadron. The 24th Special Tactics Squadron is one of the Special Tactics units of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

It is the U.S. Air Force component to Joint Special Operations Command.[1][2] It is garrisoned at Pope Field, North Carolina. Lineage[edit] Constituted as 24 Air Corps Interceptor Control Squadron on 14 October 1941. Activated on 21 October 1941. Redesignated as 24 Fighter Control Squadron on 15 May 1942. Disbanded on 31 March 1944. Reconstituted, and consolidated (1 March 1992) with the 1724 Combat Control Squadron which was designated, and activated, on 1 May 1987.Redesignated as: 1724 Special Tactics Squadron on 1 October 1987.Redesignated as: 24 Special Tactics Squadron on 31 March 1992. Assignments[edit] Stations[edit] Unit Awards[edit] Other accolades Air Commando Association 2012 AFSOC Squadron of the Year[4] History[edit] Notable members[edit] Colon-Lopez in Afghanistan in 2004 while a member of the 24th STS.

See also[edit] References[edit] Col John T. Task Force 88 (anti-terrorist unit) Since the invasion of Iraq, the unit went through a number of changes of designation. Task Force 20 was amalgamated with Task Force 5 (formerly Task Force 11/Task Force Sword) in Afghanistan in July 2003, and became Task Force 21. It was then redesignated Task Force 121, and later as Task Force 626, Task Force 145, and Task Force 88.[6] Neville notes that he omitted the 'current' (c.2008, time of writing) designation of the unit. However he did say that it was also known obliquely as Other Coalition Forces – Iraq (OCF-I), 'a wry reference to the CIA unit of the moniker OGA. It was a combined U.S. and British military special forces provisional grouping specifically charged with hunting down high-value al-Qaeda and Iraqi leadership including Osama bin Laden and, prior to his death on 7 June 2006, Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The unit was operating up until at least January 2007; it is not clear whether it is still operational with the U.S. drawdown from Iraq. SEAL Team Six. Naval Special Warfare Group 3. Naval Special Warfare Group 3 (NSWG-3), based at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in California, is one of six constituent formations of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command.[1] Until 2008, NSWG-3 was composed of two SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams: SDVT-1 in Pearl Harbor and SDVT-2 in Little Creek. In 2008, SDVT-2 was disestablished and merged into SDVT-1, which is now headquartered in San Diego and operates detachments in Pearl Harbor and Little Creek.

SDV Teams are SEAL teams with an added underwater delivery capability. An SDV platoon consists of 12-15 SEALs. SDVT-1[edit] SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One (SDVT-1) is commanded by a Navy Commander (O-5). SDVT-2[edit] According to the web site "Navy SEALS.com", and the website of the National UDT/SEALs Museum, SDVT-2 was disestablished on 8 August 2008.[3] Formerly consisting of 28 navy divers in the command in addition to SEALs and SDV technicians, SDVT-2 was reportedly replaced by a small Dry Deck Shelter detachment.

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