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What is Spetsnaz Vympel?

What is Spetsnaz Vympel?

Directorate “V” of the FSB Special Purpose Center, often referred to as Spetsgruppa “V” Vympel (pennant in Russian, originated from German Wimpel, and having the same meaning), but also known as KGB Directorate “V”, Vega Group is an elite Russian special forces unit, under the command of the FSB.

What is the most highly trained special forces?

United States Navy SEALs
United States Navy SEALs are perhaps the finest special operations forces in the world. The competitive standard to even be considered for BUD/S training is to swim 500 yards in 10:30, 79 push-ups, 79 sit-ups, 11 pull-ups, and a 10:20 1.5 mile run.

What is the US equivalent to Spetsnaz?

In Russia, foreign special operations forces are also referred to as “Spetsnaz” (for example, United States special operations forces would be called “amerikanskiy spetsnaz”).

Did Spetsnaz fight in the Vietnam War?

Spetsnaz in Vietnam Some 3,300 Soviet “military experts” were sent to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Most were Ukrainians manning anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missile batteries, and there were also persistent rumors of Soviet pilots flying North Vietnamese Air Force Migs as well as Spetsnaz units operating in Laos.

What do you call a Vietnam veteran?

Vietnam veteran. A Vietnam veteran is someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War. The term has been used to describe veterans who were in the armed forces of South Vietnam, the United States armed forces, and countries allied to them, whether or not they were stationed in Vietnam during their service.

What happened to Vympel in Afghanistan?

In October of 1985 in Lebanon, Vympel operators freed two KGB officers from the Beirut residency, Oleg Spirin and Valery Myrikov (diplomat Arkady Katkov was killed by the captors), who had been seized by a Palestinian group. But Vympel gained its main practice in Afghanistan. Training at the KGB’s Balashikha special facility.

How did the Vympel operators of the Soviet Union operate?

The veteran spymaster then mentions an operation in which Vympel operators disembarked from a submarine onto the coastline of a foreign country during a midnight storm, penetrated deep inland, and snatched a person targeted by the KGB for their possession of crucial intelligence.