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Royal Navy’s Special Boat Service

A reserves element, SBS(R) augments the regular SBS.

The special boat service doesn’t appear in the news much but they perform certain operations which are hard to keep away from the world. Read more about the special boat service in the news at this link.

Read more about the special boat service and buying boats and other types of assets in UK.

The Royal Navy’s Special Boat Service (SBS) is the lesser-known sister unit of the British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS) regiment.

Based in Poole, Dorset, the SBS is a special forces unit which specialises in special operations at sea, along coastlines and on river networks. The SBS also have a team on standby for maritime counter-terrorism (MCT) operations.

Whilst the unit specialises in water-borne activities, they are also highly skilled on dry land. Recent operations have taken place in the mountains of land-locked Afghanistan and deep in the deserts of Iraq. Previously known as the Special Boat Squadron and exclusively drawn from The Royal Marines, the SBS is now open to members of other regiments and services from throughout the UK military.

The Special Boat Service is organised into 4 regular squadrons : C, X, M & Z. (read more on SBS organisation)