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Boat Troop concentrates on all water insertion methods. These include diving and even swimming ashore on a surf board. Several operations have been jointly carried out using the SBS for actual water insertion

Often confused with the Royal Marines Special Boat Service (SBS), in recent years, members of the SBS have been stationed at Hereford and join with the SAS in cross-training. Boat Troop carry out SAS activities that require a water insertion platform. For example possible mission scenarios are, the re-taking of an ocean oil platform, planting explosives on a ship, underwater insertion via submarine, patrolling in-land canals (which I think they did alongside Navy Seals in Columbia), or the capture of a ship or tanker.

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They are known to have been the troop used in the re-capture of South Georgia (along with SBS and regular commandos) during the Falklands conflict.

They use all sorts of infiltration methods, ranging from canoeing in land (as they did in the Falklands) to insertion by Rigid Raider.

The most important thing for a member of Boat Troop is to keep a cool head, remembering that they conduct all the same missions as other troops, such as planting explosives, but they often have to do it, at night, whilst underwater in freezing cold and pitch black conditions.

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