Stealth on Water

Stealth on Water

The Klepper Aerius MK13 Canoe as you see it here was used by SAS patrols for clandestine movement between a submarine or surface vessel and shore, or to provide patrol mobility in a maritime or estuarine environment, usually at night. It was a robust and stable canoe and could be disassembled and carried in three, man-portable valises to a launching site where it was assembled and used. Although it was fitted with plastic seats, these were often removed and soldiers would sit on their packs during paddling. Personal webbing equipment and weapons would be tied onto the top of the canoe for easy access. SAS Water Operations Troops also proved the worth of these canoes by undertaking long distance ocean transits and also used them as drop off and collection craft for divers as their presence was extremely difficult to detect due to their very low profile