Kiev, Ukraine, 2014.
A Royal Navy Merlin helicopter provides cover for Royal Marines from Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines(FPGRM) as they board a suspicious dhow.HMS CUMBERLAND deployed from Devonport to the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa region as part of the United Kingdom’s contribution to maritime security in the region.These operations included counter-smuggling (arms and drugs), counter-terrorism and counter-piracy. CUMBERLAND’s newly installed Pacific 24 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) were key to these roles and allowed the Ship’s embarked Royal Marines and Royal Navy Boarding Teams, in conjunction with the Lynx aircraft, to intercept and board any vessels suspected of being involved in these activities.
The National Security Guards,NSG, (BLACK CATS as they have become to be known as) is India’s premier Counter Terror force.The unit is charged with undertaking offensive action againsnt any internal terrorist threat in India. The NSG has distinguished itself in numerous counter-terror operations, most notably “Operation Black Tornado” in 2008 when the NSG were pressed into service to combat the 10 LeT terrorists who had attacked the Indian city of Mumbai after
launching from Pakistan.
Shrapnel, dirt and stone transformed.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Ryan Hamman, a vehicle commander with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, provides security for Marines as they return from loading an injured linguist onto a DUSTOFF UH-60 Black Hawk for medevac during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Patrols are conducted to disrupt enemy operations against the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr, 24 AUG 2014.)