S.B.S.

Lookinout

Newbie
Hi,
I've just nipped over from ARRSE with a question. At a funeral I got talking to a very drunk guy who was keen to tell me that his uncle who is navy[but not marine] , attended with 3 of his mates all S.B.S. Apparantly they arrived and left by helo that no one saw. Question is, do many non marine navy do S.B.S.?
Ta :thumright:
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
If the guy was drunk and no one saw the helo then it was either one of those new stealth helos with alien cloaking technology ... or perhaps his uncle is just a bit of a Walt. It is pretty unlikely that a member of the SFs would bragg about it since their life might depend on it and even more unlikely that a member of HMF would be allowed to use a helo to go anywhere other than for official purposes. It doesn't look good on the front page of the Sun.

To answer your question, they will naturally pick the best people for the job. I suspect that means that they will look at a wide range of personnel to fill their ranks.

SF
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Welcome to Rum Ration.

A stealth helicopter to/from a funeral?

Forget it, a good dit by a pissed matelot though - we're a bit renowned for those I'm afraid. :thumright:
 
Not many, if at all would be my guess. There may well be some advisers there on the diving/ submersible side of life.

I think he was telling a few drink induced porkies. Makes a change from working at the broken biscuit factory or being a dolphin trainer.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
wet_blobby said:
Not many, if at all would be my guess. There may well be some advisers there on the diving/ submersible side of life.

Yep, I'd go along with the fact there would be one or two RN Divers seconded to the SBS, if only to check that all mirrors in hostile territory are working correctly & suitably fitted at eye-level. The RN Divers are of little use when conducting house clearance drills as they have to turn sideways to get their "mah-hoosive" shoulders through the doorways, which is always problematic. :dwarf:
 

Ships_Cat

War Hero
A helo that no-one saw?? Damn, it must be the SBS!!!! Whisper mode.....
Tip-How do you know someone is in the SAS? They'll tell you, at least fifteen times in the first half hour of meeting them. :rambo:

There are naval personnel that work with the SBS, in jobs or skill areas that they cannot fill in, eg comms, boats, maint, diving, aviation etc and some civvies too, can-man, chefs etc. Depending on their level of forward deployment they may be all arms trained, some even go through selection, and some CT where required for a specific job like cold weather, jungle. But these would be only a handful of individuals, and you can bet they would be shtum no matter how pissed up. As for meeting them at a funeral?

Like Blobs said, I think the dolphin trainer dit works better, although (in the dit) I was a regular garden variety RN diver who went to Florida to learn how to train the dolphins using special underwater dolphin friendly tuna..... (and yes I have pulled using it... :oops: )
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
I did an MCT exercise in the late 90's and there was one RN guy there who was a fully fledged member of the SBS. He was fcuking nails as well.

Arrived and left by helo? Yeah right, and I maintain and clean traffic lights for a living! :thumright:
 
the_matelot said:
I did an MCT exercise in the late 90's and there was one RN guy there who was a fully fledged member of the SBS. He was fcuking nails as well.

Arrived and left by helo? Yeah right, and I maintain and clean traffic lights for a living! :thumright:

Where abouts?
 
Both the SAS and SBS are open to all Arms of the Armed Forces, so it is theoretically possible for RN, RM, Army or even (god forbid) RAF personnel to move into these two elite regiments.
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
rod-gearing said:
the_matelot said:
I did an MCT exercise in the late 90's and there was one RN guy there who was a fully fledged member of the SBS. He was fcuking nails as well.

Arrived and left by helo? Yeah right, and I maintain and clean traffic lights for a living! :thumright:

Where abouts?

Eh? Where I clean traffic lights?

At road junctions mainly!
 

tufty

Lantern Swinger
If someone tells you he's in the SBS / SAS - then straight away, you know he isn't ! They wouldn't be in it if they did that. Brings to mind Tuggs cartoon of a girl standing by the QM while he makes the pipe. "Chef that flies the helicopter, visitor, gangway." :)
 

Daktari

Banned
I remember being in mid Atlantic (South) when the frog squad arrived .. Nearest land was days away so no way they tipped up on a helo - stealth / whisper or anything similar like a Junglie! Word had it they jumped out the back of a Hercy bird at some collosal height and came down on Oxygen! Crazeee people!
 

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