It could be that in the previous post I mixed up photos of GNFOS with photos of other military divers. Since the more information I find out, the less I know... I will just go back to being confused.
For now, it seems that all divers are part of 39th Diver Center...
...but not all are part of the GNFOS:
GNFOS (Special Operation Forces Naval Group) photos, indicated as such on the Romanian Navy website: http://www.navy.ro/index.html
[img]http://i47.*******.com/vzc8yq.jpg[/img]Romanian air force special forces members use their nation's combat search and rescue procedures to identify U.S. Air Force Capt. Maureen Hartney, 81st Fighter Squadron executive officer, as a survivor July 19 during a training mission a part of the Dacian Thunder exercise here. The 81st FS A-10 Thunderlbolt II pilots worked with Romanian air force IAR helicopter pilots to locate and safely rescue Hartney in this mission. Dacian Thunder is a month-long partnership building exercise in which the U.S. Air Force, Romanian air force, U.S. Marine Corps and the Royal Air Force exchange techniques, tactics and procedures to strengthen coalition and joint capabilities. Faces have been blurred to protect the identity of special forces members.
^^^ Beautifully high resolution photos. Thanks!
Perhaps, you like SIG arms .
A few more pictures of the Dacian Thunder 2012 exercise can be found in Today's Pix (July-24th-2012): http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...4th-2012/page2
I added two high resolution photos relevant to the CSAR exercise:
I just want to point out two things:
1st - It is the first time I observe the use of MP4 by Romanian Special Forces (usually they use HK G36).
2nd - It is the first time I observe the 6th Special Operations Brigade insignia (on the beret). Of course, assuming I am not wrong in my conclusion, but the shield of the insignia indicates a brigade level structure and the only brigade level special operation force is the 6th Special Operations Brigade "Mihai Viteazu".
6th Special Operations Brigade "Michai Viteazu" - garrison - Tārgu Mureş
--- 610th Special Operations Battalion "Vulturii" (eg. Eagles) - garrison - Tārgu Mureş
--- 60th Paratroopers Battalion "Băneasa-Otopeni" - garrison - Buzau
--- 498th Paratroopers Battalion "Smaranda Brăescu" - garrison - Bacau
--- 640th Logistics Battalion - garrison - Tārgu Mureş
Recently Romanian SOF celebrated their 10th year anniversary.
Photos posted in the Romanian Armed Forces thread (post 708): http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...59#post6610459
One picture deserves a few comments...
We can clearly see the 610th SOF Battalion "The Eagles" shoulder patch. But further back we also see a Brigade level structure (the shape of the shield on the shoulder patch) with a Dacian Dragon on it an the word DRACO. I have no idea of this unit? Anyone have more info?
The guy in the foreground is probably Navy's GNFOS (the shoulder patch has corners, picture below; the GNFOS is just a group part of 39th Diver Center, so I expect no proper unit shield is needed).
Also, the rank shoulder insignia indicated that he is Captain (OF-2) in the Navy... unless the shoulder slide color is not black but blue, which makes him a paratrooper (in witch case the blue should be lighter though).
So the guy wearing the DRACO shoulder patch is a Plutonier (OR-7) in the Navy (no other branch has stars like that for ranks so it's easier).
Which means that the Navy has a Brigade level SOF structure? That sounds implausible since they have only one Battalion of Marines, so what is going on???
As an added comment, continuation of the previous post in a way...
6th Special Operations Brigade "Mihai Viteazu" current structure:
--- 610th Special Operations Battalion "Vulturii" (eg. Eagles)
--- 620th Special Operations Battalion "Băneasa-Otopeni"
--- 630th Paratroopers Battalion "Smaranda Brăescu"
--- 640th Logistics Battalion
The heraldic symbols are from the MoD website (http://www.mapn.ro/fotodb/060406_insemneh?page=20), so they should be official. Notice the 6th Brigade official listed heraldic symbol (I never saw it in a photo), which differs from the one present on the beret two posts up.
On second look, the beret shield looks rounder at the base (hard to tell), which indicates a Division level structure (two star command structure, not necessary referring to number of troops).
So, does Romania have a SOF Joint Center that reunites all SOF troops from different branches? Is DRACO form the Navy or military intelligence? Anyone knows better?
Iknow its for a display, but, they need to get some camo cream on the ears and hands
looks sloppy otherwise IMHO.
The VIP protection and antiterrorist intervention unit of Minister of Defence
And some images with members of Special Forces brigade
And couple images from Afghanistan, with one of the teams deployed there
The Romanian Special Forces are modeled or inspired a lot from US Special Forces (Green Berets) and many of them finished the US SF courses in US
The source of most of this images is http://www.focusblog.ro/
An interesting action happened not long ago, but its unclear how and if some of the special units belonging to either Minister of Defence of Intelligence Services (or both) was involved in capturing aboard a fugitive accused of terrorism (among other things).
Its not clear where exactly was he captured (without the knowledge or approval of the foreign state he was living in)
Via Romania Military: http://www.rumaniamilitary.ro/romili...be-in-memoriam
And an interesting screen capture...GNFOS patch on one arm and the DRACO patch on the other --- I still have no idea what this brigade level structure is all about.
Combat divers? To separate them from the rest of the 39th Diver Center?