Every year, the Special Forces Industry Conference gathers thousands of special ops forces from the U.S. and international allies to educate them about the newest technology available to them when conducting missions and killing the enemy.
According to Conservative Tribune, this year’s conference was held in Tampa, and the best part of it was the simulated hostage situation in which the special ops forces jumped out of helicopters, rappelled from buildings and expended hundreds of rounds of ammunition as they tried to rescue the mayor. The exercise involved forces like the Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and Army Green Berets, as well as special ops from other countries. Only a few of them were permitted to talk to reporters afterwards.
“A lot of what we do is a bit secretive, we don’t really advertise much of what we do and there is a reason for it,” U.S. Special Forces Lt. Col. Chris Robeshaw told the media, according to the Washington Post. “I think … this is maybe a stark reminder that there are young men and women out there putting themselves at risk.”
In the exercise Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was captured by pirates and held ashore close to the city’s convention center. Thousands of spectators watched as the special forces tried to rescue the mayor.
“This type of mission would be undertaken during the cover of darkness,” an announcer narrated in the background. “The sniper overwatch team is equipped with high-powered rifles that can hit a target from more than a mile away.”
Though the operation itself took only 30 minutes, Special Operations Command officials said it took four days to plan, rehearse and execute. The use of special forces has grown in recent years.
“I would say there appears to be a heavy reliance on Special Operations forces, not just us but all of our international allies,” Robeshaw explained. “I think the deployments really push people to their limits … and I’m always amazed at the perseverance that we all share.”
Watch the full “invasion” here:
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