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  1. Good evening, recently seen a document (think it was a pull out from a book) with images showing the ranks and insignia in the royal navy. Under speciality there was an insignia for paratrooper, I was wondering what branch and what job would one become a paratrooper? A search showed very little information, most useful was a dated post about the STC branch.

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  2. That would be SPAG. Submarine Parachute Assistance Group


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  3. Brilliant.
  4. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    The STC branch would be right up there with allocations for the Para course but there's a few other branches as well, I seem to recall the pongos next door getting all frothy mouthed about a picture of a wren with her wings up, I cant remember what branch she was, possibly a medic.
  5. Unless it's changed recently, SPAG members have their own badge. To spin a dit, on one boat I was on the new cox'n joined and made a point of wearing his jacket on day 1 flashing his SPAG badge to everyone until the Chief Stoker pointed at it and asked him how long he'd been a balloonist, the jacket disappeared after that :)

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  6. Are SPAG still part of black ops liaison.
  7. Who knows, Sharkey, who knows?
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  8. For some reason they just use the normal para badge now. Not sure why as to qualify for it you are supposed to do an 'arduous' course such as P coy or AACC.
  9. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    There has been much talk on this subject and the end result is they're not entitled to wear wings, just the SPAG lightbulb.

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  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It still baffles me why it's necessary to do an arduous course to fall from an aeroplane.

    Question is - did this boat have to do the same course?

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  11. I beleive so Ninj, the course is held once a year in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, in the city of Bologna. The passing out dinner for the course is the stuff of legend, a massive hill of pasta surmounted by meatballs specially crowned with the produtti di Parma, reggiano cheese. I hear there's even a secret regimental song know only to those who've passed the course, entitling the wearer of the lightbulb to add the flash SPAG-BOL to their shoulder.
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  12. There seems to be a WREN in a bondage harness in this phot.
  13. What would worry me, if I was a member of the SUBMARINE PAG, is looking out the hole at the back of the airey plane and seeing land......


    Is the floppy boat there to provide a soft landing in that case?
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  14. It's not a boat it's a SPAG Wren bent over!

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  15. What's that bloke doing?(bottom right of the phot)

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  16. Checking the seams on her wetsuit.

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  17. There also appears to be someone in a gimp suit stood to the left, must be part of the crab crew.
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  18. He's RAF regiment, there to check ID cards before they go ashore!

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  19. Thats STIG from the SPAG, he brings the clag. Being STC he needs to hide his true ID....
  20. I thought it was Darth Vader!

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