Egyptian Commandos - Al Quwaat Al-Khaasat
Egyptian Naval Commandos (Al-Quaat Al Khaasat)
The 153d Commando Group has three Marine Commandos Battalions (515th, 616th, 818th) controlling 12 Marine Commandos Companies. The Egyptian Special Forces are Egypt's equivelant to the US Navy SEALS [not to be confused with the Army Thunderbolt Force [Al-Sa'iqa / Saaka / 777 Combat Unit]. Egyptian Seal Team forces are the best striking special forces in Egypt. The naval commandos generally serve in support of the 130th Amphibious Brigade by conducting such missions as the recon of beaches for possible amphibious landings, long range recon to identify enemy defenses and targets, as well as special operations such as assassinations of enemy officers and deep rear area strikes on enemy supply lines and bases. Trained in small craft insertion, airborne insertion, and equipped with Western gear and weaponry, these naval commandos provide a potent special operations capability to the Egyptian Navy.
The Al-Quwaat Al-Khaasat [ = Special Forces] are the cream of the crop of the Egyptian Army. Generally these are career oriented soldiers who are taken from the best of the regular infantry and airborne corps. They recieve a much higher degree of training in special operations tactics such as airborne insertions, small boat insertion, demolition, raiding, long range recon, and assassination. They are equipped in this addon with folding stock AK-47's, M16's, and M240's. They also carry rifle grenades, RPG-7's, Port Said M-45's and Tokarev 7.62x25mm pistols. In addition saboteur units are equipped with satchel charges and land mines. Snipers are equipped with advanced sniper rifles to include the M-24 SWS and HK PSG-1 sniper rifles.
The modern SEAL Team was first established under the command of the Thunderbolt units in the Anshas school, where officers are selected by the school to choose the team of officers and parachute units and units of the Thunderbolt and Brigade units of the Navy. The duration of the SEAL trainining is 34 weeks without stop. A medical checkup tests are first held for personnel to make sure of their medical safety. The distribution of the training plan in general is as follows: Phase I duration of 4 weeks is as follows: the training of individuals to adapt to the living person of special operations require a broad effort by the individual who is training which makes the individual able to bear the difficulties in the field of war Phase II A two-week teaching the individual military swimming and marine rescue and emergency under water and first aid. Phase III duration of 7 weeks which is a cross-country distances running 30 km in the glow of daylight in the middle of the night in short times. Phase IV (A) a two-week, a training on defensive and offensive diving and by using closed-circuit (special forces units diving equipments) and the Seal teachers attacks trainee underwater and manually take his equipments and steal it from under the water, then he learns how to defend himself and take it back from them.
Egyptian commandos used one of their ships to launch combat rubber raiding craft for an amphibious landing at Abd-el Kerim beach on Egypt's Mediterranean coast during Exercise Bright Star 98 on Oct. 25, 1997. Bright Star 98 is a joint/combined coalition tactical air, ground, naval and special operations forces field training exercise in Egypt. Members of the U.S. Central Command's Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine and special operations components, and members of the Air and Army National Guard, and forces from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, France, Italy and the United Kingdom took part in the exercise.
In 2009 Israeli marine forces detained the Lebanese Brotherhood Ship, which had been carrying tons of aid for the people of Gaza, within the Egyptian water territories despite the captain"s rescue appeals to the Egyptian marines who, in turn, gave no response. Member of the MB Parliamentary Bloc MP Sobhi Saleh affirmed that the Egyptian authority"s stance concerning the Lebanese Brotherhood Ship that was detained by the Israeli army inside the Egyptian regional water territory is a proof of the link between Egyptian and Israeli policies.
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