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Help from above

28 December 2015

Help from above

Powerful nations have military forces capable of nearly every imaginable contingency — or able to adapt as required. The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth II was the target of a bomb hoax in May 1972, delivered from New York City, after she sailed from their to Southampton UK. No doubt the hoaxer thought with the ship well out to sea there was little help the ship might be able to obtain. Like any powerful country, this was not to be the case as SBS (Special Boat Service) special forces brought an explosives expert from the SAS (Special Air Service) all by parachute landing into the sea near the QE II — the SAS man trained in parachuting while en route. Professionals tend to make hard look easy, though, don’t they?

Service men from the EODMU (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) 8 with EOD 1st Class Andrew McCabe in the lead, in free fall deploy training from the rear of a C-130 Hercules — U.S. Navy photo by Sr Chief Aircrew Survival Equipment Man Nathaniel Spencer

Service men from the EODMU (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) 8 with EOD 1st Class Andrew McCabe in the lead, in free fall deploy training from the rear of a C-130 Hercules — U.S. Navy photo by Sr Chief Aircrew Survival Equipment Man Nathaniel Spencer

This day and age has special forces units training for niche contingencies as we see in this image of EODMU 8 training by deploying from a C-130 in free fall. In this manner a unit can be speedily deployed at greater than helicopter ranges (even by using a C-17 Globemaster III or even C-5 Galaxy) anywhere on the planet whether on the land or the sea.

 

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