- Simon Biggs
Submarine Canoe Insertion against the IRA
Unit/ Formation: SBS Location: Northern Ireland Period/ Conflict: Northern Ireland Conflict Year: 1975 Date/s: January
Operation Banner was the operational name for the British Armed Forces' operation in Northern Ireland from 1969 to 2007, as part of the Troubles, a maritime component was supplied under the codename Operation Grenada, by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in direct support of the land operation.
Tasked with interdicting the supply of weapons and munitions to paramilitaries, acting as a visible deterrence by maintaining a conspicuous maritime presence on and around the coast of Northern Ireland and Lough Neagh.
Under Op Granada and as part of Operation Aweless, two SBS kayak teams were inserted from HMS Cachalot to conduct an anti gun running operation in the area between Torr Head and Garron against the IRA.
See it mapped here: RM A Geo History