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Indian navy MARCOS:Brief analysis

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  1. Anees

    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Indian navy MARCOS:Brief analysis

    1)What is mean by MARCOS???

    MARCOS is short name for 'Marine Commandos'.It is an elite special operations unit of Indian navy.It's previously known as MCF or 'Marine Commando Force'.MARCOS are heavily trained and well equipped.They are capable
    to undertake missions in all types of terrains.As their structure&size are classified some 'unofficial' reports suggest that it may have strength of 2000-2500 personal.

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    2)How they formed?

    After India-Pakistan war of 1971 India decided to set up a special unit to undertake amphibious warfare & Marine special operations.In 1983 the 340th army independent brigade located at Thiruvanadapuram was raised as a special maritime force.After the formation navy started various exercises to demonstrate its capabilities,notably exercises in Andaman Nicobar,1984 and Goa,1986.In 1986 Indian navy started planning of a special maritime force which could conduct recon,raids and counter-terrorism operations in a maritime environment.They initially trained by other special forces of the country.But later they got training from US navy SEALs and British SAS.In 1987 Indian navy officially established Indian Marine Special Force or IMSF.It had a strength of 38 officers and 373 sailers. Later in 1991 it renamed to Marine Commando Force or the MCF.

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    3)What makes them so tough?



    MARCOS trainees have to complete a two-year course, the first phase of which lasts one month, in which they undergo many rigorous physical tests of which only 50% pass. Then for the next nine months, they are taught how to use different types of weapons, conduct special warfare techniques and how to gather intelligence from the enemy. MARCOS also conducts operational reconnaissance training which includes a variety of external environments; beach, coastal, riverine and jungle. This part of training is conducted in sync with other Indian special forces at the Combined Commando School at Sirsawa. They also have to undergo a parachute training course and a diving course at Agra and Cochin.

    Once trainees have completed their first nine months of these rigorous tests, they join groups - on a probational basis - where additional specialized training is carried out. This combat ready qualification takes another year. Most of the training deals with counter-terrorist operations, such as protecting oil platforms off Mumbai and also with anti-hijacking/piracy operations. All MARCOS personnel are static line parachute qualified and a number are freefall qualified (HALO/HAHO). MARCOS is one of only a handful of units in the world that is capable of para-dropping into the sea with full combat load and equipment. By the end of two years, only 10% - 25% of the candidates remain. As with other Indian Special Forces units, all MCF personnel attend the four week high-altitude commando course run by the Parvat Ghatak School in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.(source)

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    4)Well equipped?

    MARCOS are one of the well equipped maritime force in the world.Earlier, the marine commandos were equipped with AK- 47 rifles and MP-5 sub-machine guns.But The navy had initiated the procurement of the advanced integrated combat system, including equipment such as light-weight helmets, vests and weapons, to strengthen the capabilities of the commandos.

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    Small Arms:

    -Browning Hi-Power 9mm Semi-automatic pistol
    -Glock 17 9mm Semi-automatic pistol
    -SIG P226 9mm Semi-automatic pistol
    -Uzi 9mm Sub-machine gun

    -HK MP5 9mm Sub-machine gun
    -AK-103 7.62×39mm Assault Rifle
    -M4A1 5.56 Assualt Rifle, used by MARCOS units attached to Paracommando units
    -TAR-21 Tavor 5.56 mm NATO Assault rifle
    -APS amphibious rifle Underwater assault rifle
    -Dragunov SVD Semi-automatic sniper rifle
    -Heckler & Koch MSG90 Semi-automatic sniper rifle
    -OSV-96, Sniper and anti-material rifle



    Support Weapons:

    -IMI Negev
    -IMI Negev Light machine gun
    -PK General purpose machine gun
    -FN MAG 7.62 mm General purpose machine gun
    -GP-25 40mm Grenade Launcher
    -M203 40mm Grenade launcher
    -AGS-17 Automatic grenade launchers
    -RCL Mk III 84mm Recoilless rifle
    -Shipon Anti-tank weapon
    -9K38 Igla MANPADS


    Transport

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    -HAL Dhruv utility helicopter
    -6 Westland WS-61 Sea King transport helicopter[1]
    -Few Chetak helicopters
    -Cosmos CE-2F X100 two-man submarines
    -All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

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  2. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    These guys can do a freefall from air to land on a deck by parachute. They are that precise in para training.
     
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  3. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    I read somewhere that Indian specail forces trainging is more tough then american/european traing... is it true?
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    within three days you forget who you are, where you came from and what is your name etc.
     
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    Tantrika 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Why buddy?? they are getting Parkinson's/ Alzheimer's disease within three days... great :lol:.
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    The best possible volunteer for this job. Those best are than put thru something which they have never done. It is just one job after another which needs to be performed beyond the ability of normal humen. It is than that all you remember is the job at hand and nothing else. Day or night has no meaning as only the timelines to do a job matter. This is what I meant with my post. With nearly zero or no sleep, best of the brains start behaving incoherently. It is than that the true ability comes out. Physical strength lies in the brain and not the muscles. Body is a slave to mind.
    You will never understand this as you have not endured any such training.
     
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  7. WMD

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    i doubt this pic is of MARCOS, they never show their faces and r always dressed in black, [MENTION=6253]vstol jockey[/MENTION]
    sir, can u shed some light into it?

    Initial training to MARCOS was provided by seals, israeli shayetet, and british SAS. MARCOS training is probably similar to United States Navy SEAL selection and training - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or SBS training.
    so training wise there is not much diff. i think para commando training is modeled on SAS.
    there is one thing "u train hard u fight easy. u train easy u fight hard and die." and IMO the capability we lack in fancy gadgets we make up in hard training.
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    The above pix is not MARCOS but SPB Sagar Prahari Bal. Its a new raising by IN for anti piracy missions. They are organised more like NSG. MARCOS are class apart. You won't get to see their faces in combat gear ever.
     
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  9. WMD

    WMD Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    that shows how shitty is the quality of defence journalism in our country.:tsk::facepalm:
     
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  10. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    you have no idea how dumb can our journalist get. trust me some of my colleagues dont know the difference between a Rafale and eurofighter and they claim to be defence correspondents.
     
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  11. Himanshu Pandey

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    not a fault of Journalist... defence never had been a prime slot in media and neither it shows a great carrier path ahead.. thats why they don't go in all details... if we get more slot for defence related news in main media it will change in few years.
     
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    anuanoop0 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    May be they are SPB not MARCOS,But i retrived this picture from Daily mail.uk a reputed news paper.If you visited this post on my website you can find more links there.Navy's marine commandos get a makeover and reveal a leaner and meaner new look | Mail Online

    Dumb journalist?.Why you are blaming journalist.I am not a 'journalist'.The above article written by me [MENTION=8261]Anees[/MENTION] You have copied it to here with out my permission ,you should have read the terms and conditions of my website :flame::angry:
     
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    for your info


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