Formed at the height of the Second World War, the Special Boat Service is the Royal Navy’s answer to the SAS.
They are among the most elite and capable soldiers in the entire British military, sayt the Ministry of Defence.
According to the Royal Navy, since its formation at the height of the Second World War, the Special Boat Service has been the elite maritime counter-terrorism unit of the Royal Navy. Made up of small, highly trained teams, they specialise in daring undercover raids that exploit the element of surprise.
Most of the operations carried out by the SBS are highly classified; consequently, little is known about the individuals who make up the unit. Most of them are drawn from the Royal Marines Commandos, and all show exceptional physical and mental aptitude. In short, they’re the best of the best.
In the Seventies, the SBS parachuted into the Atlantic to board the cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II following a bomb scare, an effort which saw them given the maritime counter-terrorism role, with responsibility for protecting ports, ferries, cruise ships and oil platforms.
They subsequently developed methods of rescuing hostages in all of these environments.
The SBS very recently increased public perception of this role and capability after a successful raid on a tanker that had been seized off the Isle of Wight when 16 troops took 9 minutes to free the crew of the tanker and detain the hijackers.