Note: This is part four of a multi-part series exploring the various units within the U.K. Special Forces (UKSF).

The Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is a fairly new special forces unit. Officially formed on 3 April 2006, the SFSG is based on a core segment of the soldiers from the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment (1 PARA), with added servicemen from the Royal Marines and Royal Air Force Regiment. The SFSG provides specialized support to UKSF operations.

The Special Forces Support Group

The unit’s creation arose from the UKSF’s demand for light infantry support following its involvement in the Battle of Tora Bora, during which two Special Boat Service (SBS) squadrons assaulted the al-Qaeda-held cave system.