There is no doubt that Britain’s elite special forces are the best in the world – but who is the best of the best?
The rivalry between the SAS and the SBS is long-standing and hard-fought, and so far no one has been able to separate the two units.
The Special Air Service is a special unit of the Army, established in 1941. The unit performs a number of functions including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and hostage-taking.
The Special Boat Service is the Royal Navy’s special unit. The SBS has its origins in World War II, when the Army Special Boat Section was established in 1940.
But the rivalry between the two units reached new heights during training in Wales.
The units had to compete against each other in a series of challenges, but if there was no clear winner they had to go off the book.
The commanders decided to send both units into the kitchen on a Black Ops mission inspired by Great Ritish Bake Off, reports The daily star.
An insider said, “Everyone knows these guys are insanely tough, but there’s been a rivalry over who’s tougher for years.
“Commanders of both forces decided they would give teams points for how they competed in the match
various skill tests.
They fought it out with rounds such as physical fitness, snipers, close quarters combat and hostage rescue techniques.
After five days without a winner, they decided to try some wet work in the kitchen.
The cakes would then undergo blind tasting by the commanders to decide which was the best.
“The deal was that the losers had to buy the winners’ drinks in the mess.”
Only three of the cakes were edible, but it was the SAS that won.
The source added, “They all had soaked bottoms and a sponge was so undercooked that it was almost raw.”
One attendee said: “The roar was deafening when the decision was announced – the faces of the SBS guys fell away.
“It was meant for fun, but everything is a competition between the SAS and the SBS.”