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SAS . system (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) will focus their attention on “politically disloyal” missions in Russia and China that require more detail and planning. Brigadier General Mark Totten said the Royal Marines would take over the units’ other roles so the Special Forces would have more time and assets at their disposal.
Totten, who joined the Marines in 1998, told The Times: “What we’ll be able to do is let [special forces] To focus on more difficult and more complex in the face of Russia and China [tasks].
“It takes real specialist expertise, so we’re going to allow them to have more time and people to process these things and we can do some missions, like maritime counterterrorism for example, or joint operations, where it’s difficult, and where there are higher risks.”
Brigadier General Totten is the commander of a “future commando force” of 4,000 Royal Marines who will assume some of the unit’s roles.
According to the Marine commander, the special forces will be stationed around the world in small numbers and carry out counter-terror operations around the world.
Totten did not elaborate on the missions, but said they could include training fleets of nations near the South China Sea to better defend against Chinese aggression.
The Royal Marines may also be deployed east of Suez and in other parts of the Indo-Pacific.
Totten added that melting Arctic ice caps could open sea routes to Russia and China.
He said, “There is a major geopolitical shift there, so why not integrate the commando force there so that we are ready to respond?”
The Afghan Special Forces soldiers are expected to remain in an “advisory” capacity while helping to train Afghan forces.
A former US Special Forces soldier who was in Afghanistan recently told The Telegraph that the remaining forces will “provide training for Afghan units and will be deployed with them on the ground as advisors”.