This super-secretive US Army outfit goes by / has been known by various names:
Delta operators themselves simply refer to their organization as 'the Unit'.
Delta Force - Role
Delta's main mission is counter-terrorism (CT). This includes:
Other roles include:
Since their inception, Delta have become masters at the dark arts of counter terrorism. The unit's operators are highly skilled in sniping and close quarters combat (CQB), dynamic and covert entry, explosives and hand-to-hand combat. Over the years, Delta have developed a working knowledge of systems on aircraft, trains, ships and vehicles that enables them to intervene and take control of any scenario in any environment. Regular exercises with US and foreign CT units keeps their skill-set and knowledge-base up-to-date. A Delta Force team is reportedly on immediate standby to respond to a terrorist threat. Delta's CT role overlaps to some degree with the Navy unit, DEVGRU
Delta Force - Organization
Delta Force's structure is similar to the British 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, the unit which inspired Delta's creator, Charles Beckworth. The unit is based a Fort Bragg, NC.
Delta Force is reportedly organized into 3 Squadrons :
Each squadron is made up of 3 Troops
Delta is under the command of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and is considered a 'Tier One' Special Mission Unit (SMU).
Delta Force - Selection
Soldiers wishing to join Delta Force must undergo a tough selection process.
It is believed that Delta Force is supported by an Aviation Platoon which operates a small fleet of AH-6 and MH-6 helicopters, some painted in civilian colors. The Aviation Platoon is not to be confused with the 160th SOAR, who also provide helicopter support to Delta Force. The aviation platoon is understood to also fly missions for the CIA.
Delta are supported by dedicated signalers (radio communications), logistics, medical and intelligence personnel.
Delta Force - Notable Operations
Since their inception, Delta Force have been involved in a series of operations.
more info : Delta Force Operations
Delta Force - Weapons
Aside from standard US military weapons, Delta have used a number of specialized firearms.
more info : Delta Force Weapons
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DELTA FORCE INSIGNIA
Delta Force operators guarding General Norman Scharzkopf.
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DELTA FORCE WEAPONS
Delta operators are often armed with the HK 416 5.56mm x 45mm carbine.
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AC-130W Stinger II gunship
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