Note: This is part two of a multi-part series exploring the various units within the U.K. Special Forces (UKSF).
The United Kingdom’s prolonged involvement in the Global War on Terror (GWOT) has created the demand for an increase in the country’s number of special forces operators. From that need emerged the United Kingdom’s newest special operations unit, the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR).
Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR)
The Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) specializes in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. The mystery surrounding the regiment is even greater than that of its counterparts, the SAS and SBS: Very little information about the unit has ever reached the public domain. The SRR is believed to support SAS/SBS operations by providing close target reconnaissance, surveillance, and “eyes-on” intelligence. The regiment uses state-of-the-art electronic surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on its targets. Teaming up with members from 18 (UKSF) Signals Regiment, SRR provides tactical signals intelligence (SIGINT) for special operations missions. The SRR recruits from all three U.K. branches of service. It is the only UKSF regiment to permit women in operational positions.