The most secret units of the US Army
Secrecy in a war is worth its weight in gold, so it is sometimes important for the commanders to keep their best assets secret from the public and at the same time from the enemy. Representatives of the American army at one time or another recognized the existence of units appearing on this list, but many of their missions were kept secret for many decades. When it comes to units that are still in operation, the public can be content with just saying nothing to scraps of information.
Task Force 88 Task Force Black
According to different sources, these are either different names for the same group, or we are talking about different groups, acting or not. One way or another, this name is mentioned in reports of a group that conducted anti-terrorist operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during US military intervention. In many sources, this unit is described as a joint US-British group consisting of the best fighters of the American "sea lions", the Delta group and the British special forces SAS.The special unit was involved in a scandal when it was rumored that it crossed the border for a raid in Syria. There are also opinions that this group is again in the ranks for the destruction of ISIS (a terrorist organization banned in the territory of the Russian Federation). If she ever stopped acting.
Test Battalion 6493 (Test Group 6594)
These units of the US Air Force existed from 1958 to 1986, and their task was to catch the "shooting stars". They flew from the airfield in Hawaii and caught containers with films from the first American spy satellite. These satellites, included in the program "Corona", flew around the Earth and photographed the USSR. Then they dropped jars of negatives over the Pacific, where members of this unit were supposed to catch them. The technology was surprisingly primitive. The plane with a large hook on the tail was supposed to cling to the parachute of the container with the film, which flew through the atmosphere to the ground. If the planes could not catch the container or the weather was too bad to try, the coast guard rescuers who served in this unit caught the films from the water. The battalion managed to catch more than 40 thousand containers in 27 years.When his crew was not engaged in intelligence capture, the pilots supported rescue missions in the Hawaii area. They managed to save 60 people.
US Army "Delta" squad
Like other units on the list, Delta has changed its name several times in recent years. It was repeatedly proposed to form the elite counter-terrorism unit back in the 1970s, and it is believed that the Delta squad was created at the end of 1977. The history of this unit began with a deafening failure of the Eagle Claw operation on rescuing hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran in 1980. Since then, Delta has successfully fought in various operations, including the invasion of Panama, the Persian Gulf War and the hunt for Osama bin Laden in the Tora Bora Mountains. Since the unit operates to this day, most of its missions are classified.
Seals - SEAL Team 6 (DEVGRU)
The abbreviation SEAL means "SEa, Air and Land" ("sea, air and land") and is the same in spelling with the word "seal" - "fur seal." This unit specializes in anti-terror, special intelligence, hostage rescue and personal security. Since the attack of terrorists on the World Trade Center in New York on September 9, 2001, the budget and responsibilities of the fur seals have increased significantly.Now there are 1,800 people in this special unit, including several women who perform intelligence functions. Seals have been operating since 1981. Their most famous operations are the elimination of Osama bin Laden and the rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates.
Army 7781 (39th Special Forces Operations Division)
This unit of the Green Berets worked in Berlin from 1956 to 1984 and changed its name several times in its history. His task was to ensure the safety of West Berlin from the provocations of the Communists and to be ready to resist in the event of the capture of the city. Members of the unit had a classic intelligence training and were equipped with gadgets no worse than those of James Bond, for example, a firearm in a lighter.
Bureau of Strategic Services (Office of Strategic Services, OSS)
The Bureau of Strategic Services was formed in 1942 with the large-scale task of collecting and analyzing strategic information and conducting “special operations not assigned to other agencies”. Since few of the special services had agents who conducted special operations during World War II, this gave the bureau a lot of room for maneuver.Under the leadership of Colonel William Donovan, nicknamed Wild Bill, the tiny agency conducted special operations, sold weapons and transported spies, supported resistance groups in the territory of Hitler's Germany and collected intelligence. It even used the first in the history of the United States universal squad, operating at sea, in the air and on land.