The 1970s and 80s saw an uptick in urban operations and counter-terrorist operations for the special forces and new tasks such as covert intelligence gathering and protection of nuclear facilities and offshore oil and gas assets in the North Sea. Three new SF units were created from 1972.
- the Counter-Revolutionary Warfare Wing within 22 SAS, introduced new training and equipment for urban warfare and hostage situations
- Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre, Royal Marines, a specialist marine recon unit formed to support operations on NATO's northern flank - they were all expert climbers, mountaineers and skiiers had SF equipment and were deployed to the Falklands.
- 14 Intelligence Company (14 Int.) which was created to carry out undercover surveillance ops in Northern Ireland. They operated in plain clothes and unmarked vehicles and used concealed weapons such as the MAC-10 SMG.
New operations were undertaken in Dhofar (Oman) 1970-74, Northern Ireland 1969-85, Belize 1976-7, Mogadishu 1978, Iran 1979, Afghanistan 1979-85, Gambia 1981, the Falklands 1982, Libya 1985 and for the first time the SAS was used to target terrorists operating on the mainland in Britain. New weapons included the C4 5.56mm assault rifle, MAC-10 and Heckler and Koch MP5 SMGs, L42 and L92 7.62mm sniper rifles, German G3 7.62mm designated marksman rifle, 40mm UGLs, Stinger MANPADS, MILAN ATGM. They were also issued with laser target designators to coordinate close air support and were assigned dedicated RAF and Army Air Corps squadrons with C-130 transports, CH-47 Chinook, Westland Scout, Westland Lynx and Augusta A109 helicopters. The picture shows SAS troopers in the Falklands in 1982.
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....gone to the dark side