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MARCOS Pride of INDIA

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We are talking about MARCOS one of the deadliest force in the world.

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MARCOS (previously named as Marine Commando Force (MCF)) is an elite special operations unit of the Indian Navy. "MARCOS" is short for "Marine Commandos", and MCF is an acronym for "Marine Commando Force".

MARCOS (India)
Active 1987 - Present
Country India
Branch Navy
Type Special Forces
Nickname The Crocodile
Operations Operation Cactus, Operation Pawan, Kargil War, Raid on LTTE in 1987, Operation Black Tornado, Operation Cyclone
Equipment AK-47 and variants, Colt M16A2, INSAS 5.56 mm, Type 56 assault rifle, Tavor assault rifle, HK MP5 sub-machine gun and 7.62 mm SLR assault rifle, H-3 Sea King and Chetak helicopters, Cosmos CE-2F/X100 two-man submarines.

Origins
Along with the Para Commandos of the Indian Army, the initial MARCOS group was planned along with the establishment of the NSG counter-terrorism unit in 1986. The first unit was called the Indian Marine Special Force, and was later renamed as Marine Commando Force (MCF) in 1991.

They are also locally known as the Dadiwali Fauj (Hindi for Bearded Army) since they are the only unit of the Indian Armed Forces that permits non-Sikh recruits to maintain beards.

When the Marine Commando Force came into being in 1987, along with the NSG, it was a very secretive organization, a reputation it has maintained till now. Legend has it that no officer ever reveals he is with the MARCOS; even wives of these naval commandos never know a thing about it. The usual cover was a ‘sub-mariner’ or simply a ‘diver’. Their operations are still a very closely guarded secret, as is their training. They are used in counter-terrorism operation in the Indian state of Kashmir, where the terrorists have nicknamed them magarmach (Hindi for Crocodile).

Strength and operations
The MCF is rumoured to have a current strength of 2,000 personnel.

Operations undertaken:

Operation Pawan (Hindi for Wind): Part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in 1988.
Raid on an LTTE base at Guru Nagar on October 18, 1987.
On the night of 21 October 18 MARCOS operators including Lt. Singh boarded two Gemini rafts off the coast of Jaffna City and towed two wooden rafts of explosives into a channel leading to the city's Guru Nagar Jetty. Avoiding mines, eight men and two officers shifted to the wooden rafts and paddled to the jetty then fixed demolition charges to the jetty and LTTE speedboats. The commandos were detected but laid down suppressive fire and detonated the explosives before retreating to the Geminis without taking casualties. Two nights later, commandos swam back into the harbour amidst heavy patrolling by the LTTE to destroy the remaining speedboats. They were again detected and sustained minor injuries. These actions helped recapture Trincomalee and Jaffna harbours from the LTTE. For leading these actions the 30 year old Lt. Singh became the youngest officer to receive the Maha Vir Chakra Award.

Operation Cactus: Part of the Indian Navy contingent defending the democratic government of President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of the Maldives from a coup. The force carried out a highly successful operation to crush a coup in the Maldives. When some 50 mercenaries escaped with more than 25 hostages, including a minister, in a ship, the MCF was pressed into service and successfully seized the ship.
The MARCOS are in action at the Wular Lake in Kashmir, one of Asia's largest fresh-water lakes, where they have achieved great success and stopped most of the infiltration by terrorists. The lake used to be a major infiltration route for terrorists.
Kargil War. Covert operations behind enemy lines.
Protecting offshore oil rigs and platforms
In its first ever action in the Gulf of Aden, MARCOS thwarted an attempt by pirates to capture the Indian merchant vessel MV Jag Arnav on November 11, 2008.
Operation Black Tornado: MARCOS stormed the Oberoi/Trident Hotel and the Nariman House on the morning of 27 November, 2008 during the November 2008 Mumbai attacks
On December 13, 2008 MARCOS units deployed by the warship INS Mysore foiled another pirate hijack attempt of Ethiopian vessel MV Gibe off the Somali coast. In the process twenty three pirates were arrested

Training
The cadets are trained in sky diving and sea diving. The Marcos can sabotage enemy vessels and harbour installations. They can operate in beaches, coastal, jungles and ravines areas. Being divers, they can reach hostile shores swimming underwater.

Three Naval officers were sent for training with the US Navy SEALS and further training was conducted with British Special Forces. These three Naval officers formed the nucleus of the Indian Marine Special Force (IMSF) that was formally raised in February 1987.

The training is much tougher than that of any other section of the Indian Armed Forces. They are trained to operate in any environment – deep sea, on the ocean, in jungle, and even hostage rescue and urban combat.[6] The first two months is the weeding out phase. More than 60% are sent back. Those that go on are trained in every aspect of modern warfare and in every situation. This includes firing while lying down, standing, running full-sprint, even backwards and looking into a mirror – with a reaction time of 0.27 seconds.[7][8] A notably rigorous training program is the “death crawl” – an 800-metre struggle through thigh-high mud, loaded with 25 kg of gear and after a 2.5 km obstacle course that most soldiers would fail. After that, when the trainee is exhausted and sleep-deprived, he has to undergo the final test – shooting a target 25 metres away, with a partner standing next to it. Around 10% eventually don the MARCOS patch on their right sleeve. The MARCOS are experts in every kind of weapon and instruments, from knives and crossbows to sniper rifles, handguns, and bare hands.

Activities
Candidates use tactics similar to the Israeli undercover special warfare units called Mistaravim (Hebrew for "Those who pretend to be Arabs"), sporting beards and wearing the 'pheren' (Kashmiri suit), thus making them indistinguishable from the locals.

Marcos have been active in Jammu and Kashmir as part of the Army's counter-terrorist efforts. Their main task is to control the infiltration of terrorists from across Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir through the Jhelum River and Wullar, a 65 square kilometer freshwater lake. Some Marcos personnel are also attached with the Army special forces units conducting counter-terrorism operations in the area.

During 2003, the MCF participated in training exercises called Exercise Balance Iroquois 03-1/Vajra Prahar, with American Special Operations Forces in Mizoram [1].

During September 2005, the MCF participated in the joint US/Indian naval exercises called Malabar 05.

Bases
The MCF currently operates out of the naval bases at Mumbai, INS Abhimanyu, Kochi, and Visakhapatnam.

Plans are underway to set up a commando training facility for amphibious operations at the naval academy in Goa on the lines of the Indian Army's Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Warangte, Mizoram. The Naval Academy is eventually to be shifted to Ezhimala in northern Kerala.

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♥Shana♥:
Quote from: คnuj™ on May 02, 2009, 01:28:21 AM

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