2011
08.07

The Sun
Harry ‘hunted and tortured’ in drill
Warrior Prince’s practice for being shot down

Published: 17 Jun 2011

PRINCE Harry will head back to war against the Taliban after SAS training that will see him hunted down – and TORTURED.
The Apache helicopter pilot, 26 – who The Sun revealed yesterday is returning to Afghanistan – faces three days of hell learning to cope with being shot down behind enemy lines.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By Andy McNab
Sun Security Expert

If things go pear-shaped and Harry loses his aircraft he needs to become a soldier who is equally effective on the ground.

The “escape and evasion” training is rehearsed as realistically as possible.

When I did mine it was the hardest in my whole military career. But it prepares you for what’s coming – and make no mistake, Harry will be roughing it like the rest.

2011
05.05

The Sun
Data find will trap fanatics
By Virginia Wheeler, Defence Editor and Nick Parker
Published: 04 May 2011

A TREASURE trove of computers, hard drives and discs snatched by US Navy Seals from Osama Bin Laden’s HQ could nail THOUSANDS of other terrorists.

US officials last night called it “the mother lode of intelligence”.

The data could prove even more significant in crippling al-Qaeda than Sunday’s execution of their warlord.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

Photo from The Sun

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By Andy McNab
Sun Security Adviser

FORMER SAS soldier Andy McNab analyses the scene in the White House Situation Room as Barack Obama watched live video footage of the raid:

“Although President Obama is sitting to the side, he is without doubt the most important person present.

Once the operation has been set in motion he is the only one with the power to call it off.

The people pictured will be from several departments, including intelligence and the military.

They will each have presented the President with information on a specific part of the mission.

His job is to take in the information and then give the go-ahead – or call the mission off. The reason the picture is so tense is that the job is out of their hands. Responsibility has passed to the Navy Seals to complete the task.

The soldiers would have been kitted out with cameras, most likely on their helmets. With so many feeds coming in, you can flick to the relevant one.

No single person would have been selected to take on Bin Laden, because in the course of an operation you can never guarantee things will go according to plan.

I’ve conducted many swoops for the SAS with a helmet camera and always supported the idea. If anything goes wrong you can go back to military or political bosses with the footage.”

2011
04.05

The Sun
By Simon Hughes, Virginia Wheeler, Dan Sales and Neil Millard
Published: 03 May 2011

Obama ‘watched him die’

The world’s most evil man was consigned to the dustbin of history yesterday – shot in the head, tied up in a weighted bag and dropped in the ocean.
Osama Bin Laden finally paid the price for atrocities such as 9/11 when he was found by US Special Forces at his luxury lair in Pakistan.

He was killed as he cowered behind his wife – and President Barack Obama watched live via cameras worn by the troops. The 54-year-old warlord was buried in the north Arabian sea, his terror reign over at last.

President Obama’s eyes were glued to a screen showing the dramatic moments leading to the death of Bin Laden.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

Textbook op by naval elite

By Andy McNab
Ex SAS soldier

“As a military operation, the Navy Seals’ swoop was fantastic – textbook stuff.

It’s not surprising for a group made up of America’s military elite.

They undergo some of the toughest training in the world and have played an important role in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and also in Vietnam.

Clearly there has been a slow covert operation to make sure the information they were acting on was 100 per cent accurate.

In a situation like this intelligence is the biggest weapon of all. They probably used satellites and local informants to confirm Bin Laden was hiding out in the Abbottabad compound.”

2011
12.04

The Sun
09 Apr 2011

The grieving widow of a Royal Navy officer shot dead when a crewman opened fire on a nuclear submarine has described him as “an utterly devoted” family man.

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 22 – “furious” at being ordered to do back-to-back tours – was halted by a heroic civilian visitor in Southampton after gunning the officer down on HMS Astute on Friday and leaving another fighting for life.

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By ANDY McNAB
Sun security advisor

When a group of people live and work together in such a small environment, everything gets magnified tenfold.

These guys spend three months under the water sleeping in a tiny physical space.

And if something goes wrong, you can’t just phone your wife.

That’s why the culture is friendlier than in other military areas. Officers and crew call each other by their first names. It’s about man-management, not command and control.

But because everything is so contained there has to be a tight regime to stick to. Crew must be able to get on with others. Perhaps there was a personal grievance or a row got out of hand. Who knows?

It’s a credit to the Submarine Service that nothing like this has happened before.

Go here for the full article in The Sun

2011
07.03

Andy McNab in The Sun

The Sun: ‘SAS legend’s on a fashion mission’

Who dares, slings
By Andy McNab, Sun Security Adviser
Published: 23 Feb 2011

Don’t be worried about your manliness if you carry a manbag – I use them and was in the SAS.
And here I even give you tips on how to shoulder your burden without picking up a nasty injury.

Experts from the British Chiropractic Association say two thirds of manbag owners have suffered back pain because they load them with laptops, iPads and other gear weighing up to a STONE – that’s equivalent to hauling about more than 12 bags of sugar.

I have loads of man bags. The one I use most is a macho black sack with two shoulder straps. I got it in Afghanistan.

I’ve got the satchel type as well, which I use for carrying my laptops around when I need to do work on the move.

I carry my laptop everywhere, and all the wires and everything that comes with it.

Then there’s my phone and wallet too. It all adds up.

In the SAS – where the motto is Who Dares, Wins – you could be carrying loads of 7st 5lbs.

For a person weighing 12st, that means you’re lugging 70 per cent of your own body weight, so I know how to deal with carrying heavy stuff safely.

When you pack a backpack you need to put the heavier stuff at the top so your shoulders are taking the weight, instead of it pulling on your lower back.

You could fasten the waist straps really tight as well, to take some weight on the hips.

I have never had a problem with back pain. I put that down to plenty of time at the gym, especially doing lower back exercises.

But I have a friend who always carries a satchel and he now has one shoulder two inches lower than the other.

That just shows the difference a few sensible precautions can make.

So take my advice and look at the guide [below] before slinging a stone of gear over your shoulder.

Andy’s manbag safety guide

1. If you carry an over-the-shoulder bag, alternate between shoulders so the weight is distributed equally, and keep the strap short. Keep the bag round your back slightly, rather than it banging on your hip. You’ll feel it releases some of the pressure on the shoulder.

2. If you carry a laptop, use a rucksack and carry it on both shoulders, with the bag close to your back to ease the strain. Keep the back straps tight to keep the bag up high on your back – the lower it hangs, the heavier it will feel. Make sure you only tighten the straps when you have the bag on, or you risk a dislocated shoulder.

3. If you get a pain between the shoulder blades, stretch it out. The British Chiropractic Association have developed a three-minute exercise routine called Straighten Up UK – see straightenupuk.org.

4. Don’t carry too many heavy items, just what you need. I know that from the military, where it was a constant battle to our packs’ weight down.

5. The BCA advise regular breaks, by taking the bag off your shoulders. I prefer the SAS method of “just get on with it.”

Source: The Sun

2010
28.12

Andy was guest columnist in ZOO Magazine. Angel sent us the scanned version, I had to cut & paste a bit to make it fit the post here. Thanks Angel, it’s great!