Pak NavyPak navy is responsible for guarding the coastline of the Pakistan along the Arabian sea. The total length of the coastline is 1046 Km. It has 13 naval bases which are located in three cities i.e Karachi, Ormara and Gawadar. From these naval bases, the Pak navy operates and protects the harbors and coasts.
The Pak Navy is divided into 2 branches, one is Marine Corps (Pak Marines) and the other is SSG N. The functions of these three groups i.e Pak navy, Pak Marines, and SSG N are different. We will only discuss the SSG navy here in this article.
In the following article, different terms are used for SSG N like navy seals, special service group navy, SSG commandos navy. All have the same meaning.
Pak Navy SSG Commandos Selection ProcessSSG navy recruitment is done by Special Service Group navy which visits the navy units after regular intervals where they recruit the volunteers for the SSG navy jobs. These volunteers are both the officers and Pak navy sailors (non-officers). Pak navy also recruits boys directly to SSG navy jobs as officer through Short Service Commission. Read Point 3 for Short Service Commission.
These officers and soldiers report the PNS Iqbal for the training purpose. PNS Iqbal is the headquarter of Pakistan navy seals. It is located in Karachi. This home is responsible for the special operations training of this elite force of Pakistan navy SSG commandos. One of the most brutal military training places of the Pakistan where a regular soldier or officer is converted to the elite personnel. The total number of this elite force personnel is unknown, but they are very few as compared to regular navy. You can watch the passing out parade of Pakistan navy seals 2016 (held on 18 October 2016) in the Video 2 below. The total number of passing out Pak navy SSG commandos are very less in number because it is not easy for everyone to become SSG N.
The SSG Navy training is harder than SSG Army. Because the SSG commandos navy are trained to operate in all the environments i.e Sea, Air and Land. Due to this, they are also called navy seals. Seals stand for SEa, Air and Land. SSG navy Pakistan also goes to the Cherat for some part of their training.
These Navy Seals are also able to perform underwater operations which are the ultimate things in the military. This makes the Pak navy SSG commandos more distinguished from all the other special operation forces.
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SSG Navy TrainingThe training is both physically and mentally tough. 90% of the selected candidates fail during the training. This 90% will return to their navy units and will continue to perform their regular duties. Only 10%, in the end, will be awarded the badge of SSG N. The SSG navy training period consists of 33 weeks.
In SSG training of Pak navy, the commandos learned to survive and float in the water while their hand and feet are tied up with the ropes. They also learn to swim in the open sea continuously for 15 hours. Many other tough things are included which you can watch in Video 1 of Pakistan navy SSG commandos training.
SSG Navy Uniform And SSG Navy RanksSeals wear the same green patch camouflage uniform like that of SSG army. Depending upon the mission type, seals also wear the black uniform especially the anti-terrorism seals. The SSG navy ranks are similar to that of regular navy.
|Pak Navy SSG Group With US Navy During Exercise|
Pak Navy SSG OperationsPak navy SSG group perform different types of operations like Frogman operations, Airborne operations, Commando assault and anti-terrorism operations including Close Quarter Battle operations for killing terrorists in the buildings and rescue the hostages, Salvage operations (If the ship is hit by the enemy, these seals will come to recover the damaged ship, cargo and its other property). They also do reconnaissance missions.
These seals also do VBSS operation. These VBSS operations are done with the help of quick moving boats. The VBSS involve operations against pirates, smuggling, search and rescue operation, and to capture the enemy ships.