SFG is an elite unit of the Belgian Army. Has long operated under the auspices of the paratroopers, but new challenges in the past year have led to the decision to allocate the SFG parachute regiment as a special investigation unit. SFG is a series of missions proved its quality and proven to hold positions of high among the world’s elite units.
Belgians, as well as part of other people in occupied Europe, began to make its military forces on the territory of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. In January, 1942. Under the command of Captain Edouard Blondeela formed Belgian Independent Parachute Regiment. They collaborated with SAS. In the beginning they were engaged mainly in Africa, and after the Normandy landings, the focus has changed to France, Holland and Belgium of course. After the war, members of the unit have continued their work and were mainly focused on the search for war criminals.
Year 1955. There was a revival of special forces in Belgium in the form of special forces reconnaissance Opsporings eenheid (SOE). 1961st was established and the away team the Reconnaissance Team spéciales – ESR (from the character units).
Operations SFG (Special Forces Group)
Even in the postwar years, the Belgian special forces were involved in covert operations. Following the fall of the Iron Curtain as well as a number of regional conflicts SFG members were deployed around the world. During the 90-year compressed SFG has participated in operations in the DR Congo (formerly Zaire) in 1993. Have participated in operations in Somalia.
Another chapter in the history of the Belgian Special Forces is the Balkan. During the 1994th The SFG had a duty to protect the general Briquemonta in Bosnia in 1999. Years, served in Kosovo. During 2003. Year, they returned to Africa on a mission where Silver Pack has supported the evacuation of foreigners from Rwanda. During 2004. The SFG was deployed in the DR Congo and Cote D’Ivoire. And the past few years, members of the SFG are deployed in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Organization SFG (Special Forces Group)
Members of SFG (Special Forces Group) are under the direct command of the army. Base-in Flawinneu. The unit is divided into two main components. The first component is directly responsible for the conduct of special operations. Within the first component 10 has a line consisting of commanding frame, coupling unit, training unit, four different units specialized for air operations, two operations on the water and four units specialized warfare on land, including fighting in extreme conditions (mountains or polar regions, etc.). The second component is called SFG Department and the Security Service. They care about the private affairs of members, logistics, weapons and equipment, as well as testing them.
Equipment SFG (Special Forces Group)
SFG mainly used easily infantry weapon, domestic production. A certain part of the unit still uses the FN FNC rifle, but during the confusion with FN P2000. For CQB (Close Quarter Battle – Fight in cramped conditions) unit uses the short slot P90 9mm., If necessary, a strong fire support is provided through the Minimi machine guns. As a backup weapon mainly used gun Browning Hi-Power.
Belgian soldiers wear standard military uniforms. Tactical vests and other equipment are usually green, but they are not unusual pieces of equipment with a camouflage pattern. In urban combat, the soldiers cannot do without protective equipment, including ballistic helmets, gloves, goggles and other tactical gear.
The connection is provided via standard radio relay and satellite connections. Divers have the latest equipment as well as special navigational console. Paratroopers are also well equipped, and have a special parachutes, helmets, suits and breathing apparatus.
To transport people and materials SFG uses the standard military equipment. Mainly light off-road vehicles, rubber boats, and air transport are using helicopters and tactical transport aircraft C-130 Hercules.
Selection and Training SFG (Special Forces Group)
Training is generally similar to other special units. Every member must first spend at least 4 years in the Belgian army to be able to compete for the unit, in addition, must be in excellent physical health and condition.
Basic training takes about six months, during which improve research skills, combat tactics and training. Commando training expands the ability of candidates and determine their specialization. SFG unit offers specialization in parachuting, diving, reconnaissance, artillery observation, mining, mountain units, protection of the VIPs.