President "John F. Kennedy, aware of the situation in Southeast Asia, recognized the need for "unconventional warfare and "special operations as a measure against "guerrilla warfare. In a speech, to "Congress, on 25 May 1961, Kennedy spoke of his deep respect for the "United States Army Special Forces. While his announcement of the government's "plan to put a man on the moon drew most of the attention, in the same speech he announced his intention to spend over $100 million to strengthen U.S. special operations forces and expand American capabilities in unconventional warfare. Some people erroneously credit President Kennedy with creating the Navy SEALs. His announcement was actually only a formal acknowledgement of a process that had been under way since Korea.
The Navy needed to determine its role within the special operations arena. In March 1961, "Admiral "Arleigh Burke, the "Chief of Naval Operations, recommended the establishment of "guerrilla and "counter-guerrilla units. These units would be able to operate from sea, air or land. This was the beginning of the Navy SEALs. All SEALs came from the Navy's "Underwater Demolition Teams, who had already gained extensive experience in "commando warfare in "Korea; however, the Underwater Demolition Teams were still necessary to the Navy's amphibious force.
The first two teams were formed in January 1962 and stationed on both US coasts: Team ONE at "Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, in San Diego, California and Team TWO at "Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, in "Virginia Beach, Virginia. Formed entirely with personnel from UDTs, the SEALs mission was to conduct counter guerilla warfare and clandestine operations in maritime and riverine environments. Men of the newly formed SEAL Teams were trained in such unconventional areas as "hand-to-hand combat, "high-altitude parachuting, "demolitions, and foreign languages. The SEALs attended Underwater Demolition Team replacement training and they spent some time training in UDTs. Upon making it to a SEAL team, they would undergo a SEAL Basic Indoctrination (SBI) training class at Camp Kerry in the "Cuyamaca Mountains. After SBI training class, they would enter a "platoon and conduct platoon training.
According to founding SEAL team member "Roy Boehm, the SEALs' first missions were directed against communist Cuba. These consisted of deploying from submarines and carrying out beach reconnaissance in prelude to a proposed US amphibious invasion of the island. On at least one occasion Boehm and another SEAL smuggled a CIA agent ashore to take pictures of Soviet nuclear missiles being unloaded on the dockside.
The "Pacific Command recognized "Vietnam as a potential hot spot for unconventional forces. At the beginning of 1962, the UDTs started "hydrographic surveys and along with other branches of the US Military, the "Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) was formed. In March 1962, SEALs were deployed to "South Vietnam as advisors for the purpose of training "Army of the Republic of Vietnam "commandos in the same methods they were trained themselves.
The "Central Intelligence Agency began using SEALs in "covert operations in early 1963. The SEALs were involved in the CIA sponsored "Phoenix Program where it targeted key North Vietnamese Army personnel and "Vietcong sympathizers for capture and assassination.
The SEALs were initially deployed in and around "Da Nang, training the South Vietnamese in combat diving, demolitions, and guerrilla/anti-guerrilla tactics. As the war continued, the SEALs found themselves positioned in the Rung Sat Special Zone where they were to disrupt the enemy supply and troop movements and in the "Mekong Delta to fulfill "riverine operations, fighting on the inland waterways.
Combat with the "Viet Cong was direct. Unlike the conventional warfare methods of firing artillery into a coordinate location, the SEALs operated close to their targets. Into the late 1960s, the SEALs were successful in a new style of warfare, effective in anti-guerrilla and guerrilla actions. SEALs brought a personal war to the enemy in a previously safe area. The Viet Cong referred to them as "the men with green faces," due to the "camouflage "face paint the SEALs wore during combat missions.
In February 1966, a small SEAL Team One detachment arrived in Vietnam to conduct direct actions missions. Operating from "Nha Be, in the Rung Sat Special Zone, this detachment signaled the beginning of a SEAL presence that would eventually include 8 SEAL platoons in country on a continuing basis. SEALs also served as advisors for Provincial Reconnaissance Units and the Lein Doc Nguio Nhia, the Vietnamese SEALs. The last SEAL platoon departed Vietnam on Dec 7, 1971. The last SEAL advisor left in March 1973.
SEALs continued to make forays into North Vietnam and Laos, and covertly into "Cambodia, controlled by the "Studies and Observations Group. The SEALs from Team TWO started a unique deployment of SEAL team members working alone with South Vietnamese Commandos ("ARVN). In 1967, a SEAL unit named Detachment Bravo (Det Bravo) was formed to operate these mixed US and ARVN units, which were called South Vietnamese Provincial Reconnaissance Units (PRUs).
At the beginning of 1968, the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong orchestrated a major offensive against "South Vietnam: the ""Tet Offensive". The North hoped it would prove to be America's "Dien Bien Phu, attempting to break the American public's desire to continue the war. As propaganda, the Tet Offensive was successful in adding to the American protest of the Vietnam war. However, North Vietnam suffered tremendous casualties, and from a purely military standpoint, the Tet Offensive was a major disaster for the Communists.
By 1970, President "Richard Nixon initiated a Plan of "Vietnamization, which would remove the US from the Vietnam War and return the responsibility of defense back to the South Vietnamese. Conventional forces were being withdrawn; the last SEAL platoon left Vietnam December, 7, 1971, the last SEAL advisor, left Vietnam in March 1973. South Vietnam fell to North Vietnamese communist forces in April 1975. The SEALs were among the highest decorated units for their size in the war, receiving 5 "Navy Crosses, 42 "Silver stars, 402 "Bronze Stars, 2 "Legions of Merit, 352 Commendation Medals, 3 Presidential Unit Citations and 3 "Medals of Honor. By the end of the war, 48 SEALs had been killed in Vietnam, but estimates of their kill count are as high as 2,000. The Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL displays a list of the 48 SEALs who lost their lives in combat during the Vietnam War.
On May 1, 1983, UDT–11 was redesignated as SEAL Team FIVE, UDT–21 was redesignated as SEAL Team FOUR, UDT–12 became SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE (SDVT–1), and UDT–22 was redesignated as SDVT–2. SEAL Team THREE, was established October 1, 1983 in Coronado, CA. SEAL Team EIGHT was established on October 1, 1988 at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA.
Both SEAL Team FOUR and SEAL Team SIX, the predecessor to "DEVGRU, participated in the US invasion of Grenada. The SEALs' two primary missions were the extraction of Grenada's "Governor-General and the capture of Grenada's only radio tower. Neither mission was well briefed or sufficiently supported with timely intelligence and the SEALs ran into trouble from the very beginning. On Oct 24, 1983, 12 operators from SEAL Team SIX and 4 Air Force Combat Control Team members(CCT) conducted a predawn combat airborne water insertion from C130 Hercules with Zodiac inflatable rubber boats 40 kilometers north of Point Salinas, Grenada. The team inserted with full combat gear in bad weather with low visibility conditions and high winds. Four SEALs drowned. Machinist Mate First Class Kenneth J. Butcher, Quartermaster First Class Kevin E. Lundberg, Hull Technician First Class Stephen L. Morris, Senior Chief Engineman Robert R. Schamberger were never recovered. SEALs split into two teams and proceeded to their objectives. After digging in at the Governor's mansion, the SEALs realized they had forgotten to load their "cryptographic "satellite phone. As Grenadian and Cuban troops surrounded the team, the SEALs' only radio ran out of battery power, and they used the mansion's land line telephone to call in "AC-130 gunship fire support. The SEALs were pinned down in the mansion overnight and were relieved and extracted by a group of Marines the following morning.
The team sent to the radio station also ran into communication problems. As soon as the SEALs reached the radio facility they found themselves unable to raise their command post. After beating back several waves of Grenadian and Cuban troops supported by "BTR-60 armoured personnel carriers, the SEALs decided that their position at the radio tower was untenable. They destroyed the station and fought their way to the water where they hid from patrolling enemy forces. After the enemy had given up their search the SEALs, some wounded, swam into the open sea where they were extracted several hours later after being spotted by a reconnaissance plane.
During the closing stages of the "Iran–Iraq War the United States Navy began conducting operations in the "Persian Gulf to protect US-flagged ships from attack by Iranian naval forces. A secret plan was put in place and dubbed "Operation Prime Chance. Navy SEAL Teams 1 and 2 along with several Special Boat Units and EOD techs were deployed on mobile command barges and transported by helicopters from the "Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Over the course of the operation SEALs conducted "VBSS (Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure) missions to counter Iranian mine laying boats. The only loss of life occurred during the take down of the "Iran Ajr. Evidence gathered on the Iran Ajr by the SEALs later allowed the US Navy to trace the mines that struck the "USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58). This chain of events lead to "Operation Praying Mantis, the largest US Naval surface engagement since the Second World War.
During Operation Desert Shield and Storm, Navy SEALs trained Kuwaiti Special Forces. They set up naval special operations groups in Kuwait, working with the Kuwaiti Navy in exile. Using these new diving, swimming, and combat skills, these commandos took part in combat operations such as the liberation of the capital city.
The United States Navy contributed extensive special operations assets to the invasion of Panama, code named "Operation Just Cause. This included SEAL Teams 2 and 4, Naval Special Warfare Unit 8, and Special Boat Unit 26, all falling under Naval Special Warfare Group 2; and the separate "Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). DEVGRU fell under Task Force Blue, while Naval Special Warfare Group 2 composed the entirety of Task Force White. Task Force White was tasked with three principal objectives: the destruction of "Panamanian Defense Forces (PDF) naval assets in Balboa Harbor and the destruction of "Manuel Noriega's private jet at Paitilla Airport (collectively known as "Operation Nifty Package), as well as isolating PDF forces on Flamenco Island.
The strike on Balboa Harbor by Task Unit Whiskey is notably marked in SEAL history as the first publicly acknowledged combat swimmer mission since the Second World War. Prior to the commencement of the invasion four Navy SEALs, Lt Edward S. Coughlin, EN-3 Timothy K. Eppley, ET-1 Randy L. Beausoleil, and PH-2 Chris Dye, swam underwater into the harbor on Draeger LAR-V "rebreathers and attached "C4 explosives to and destroyed Noriega's personal gunboat the Presidente Porras.
Task Unit Papa was tasked with the seizure of Paitilla airfield and the destruction of Noriega's plane there. Several SEALs were concerned about the nature of the mission assigned to them being that airfield seizure was usually the domain of the "Army Rangers. Despite these misgivings and a loss of operational surprise, the SEALs of TU Papa proceeded with their mission. Almost immediately upon landing, the 48 SEALs came under withering fire from the PDF stationed at the airfield. Although Noriega's plane was eventually destroyed, the SEALs suffered four dead and thirteen wounded. Killed were Lt. John Connors, Chief Petty Officer Donald McFaul, Torpedoman's Mate 2nd Class Issac Rodriguez, and Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Chris Tilghman.
Persian Gulf War
In August 1990, SEALs were the first western forces to deploy to the "Persian Gulf as part of "Operation Desert Shield. They infiltrated the capital city of "Kuwait within hours of the invasion and gathered intelligence and developed plans to rescue US embassy staff should they become hostages. SEALs were also the first to capture Iraqi Prisoners of War when they assaulted nine Kuwaiti Oil platforms on 19 January 1991. On 23 February 1991, a six-man SEAL team (BM1 Scott Johnson, GM2 Benjamin Daly, BM3 Stephen Phillips, RM3 Keith Keirsey and RM2 Clifford Dongatt)led by Lieutenant Tom Dietz, launched a mission to trick the Iraqi military into thinking an amphibious assault on Kuwait by coalition forces was imminent by setting off explosives and placing marking buoys 500 meters off the Kuwaiti coast. The mission was a success and Iraqi forces were diverted east away from the true coalition offensive. The SEALs were first into Kuwait city in their "Desert Patrol Vehicles when it was recaptured.
On 6 December 1992, as part of "Operation Restore Hope, U.S. Navy SEALs and Special Boat crewmen from Naval Special Warfare Task Unit TRIPOLI began a 3-day operation carrying out reconnaissance operations in the vicinity of "Mogadishu airport and harbor; ahead of UNITAFs deployment to the country. They suffered only one casualty Petty Officer Second Class Benjamin M. Daly who was injured by an IED and later awarded the armed forces expeditionary medal. 
In August 1993 a four-man DEVGRU SEAL sniper team was deployed to Mogadishu to work alongside "Delta Force as part of "Task Force Ranger in the search for Somali warlord "Mohammed Farrah Aidid. They took part in several operations in support of the CIA and Army culminating in the 3 October '"Battle of Mogadishu' where they were part of the ground convoy raiding the Olympic Hotel. All four SEALs would be later awarded the Silver Star in recognition of their bravery whilst Navy SEAL "Howard E. Wasdin would be awarded a Purple Heart after continuing to fight despite being wounded three times during the battle.
War in Afghanistan
In the immediate aftermath of the "11 September attacks, Navy SEALs quickly dispatched to "Camp Doha, and those already aboard US Naval vessels in the Persian Gulf and surrounding waters began conducting "VBSS operations against ships suspected of having ties to or even carrying "al Qaeda operatives. SEAL Teams 3 and 8 also began rotating into Oman from the United States and staging on the island of "Masirah for operations in Afghanistan. One of the SEALs' immediate concerns was their lack of suitable vehicles to conduct "special reconnaissance (SR) missions in the rough, landlocked terrain of Afghanistan. After borrowing and retrofitting Humvees from the "Army Rangers also staging on Masirah, the SEALs inserted into Afghanistan to conduct the SR of what would become "Camp Rhino, as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan (OEF-A). These early stages of OEF were commanded by a fellow SEAL, "Rear Admiral "Albert Calland.
As part of the CJSOTF (Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force) under the command of General "Tommy Franks at "CENTCOM SEALs from DEVGRU were part of Task Force Sword, which was established in early October 2001, it was a "black SOF (Special Operations Forces) unit under direct command of "JSOC. It was a so-called hunter-killer force whose primary objective was of capturing or killing senior leadership and HVT within both al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Sword was initially structured around a two-squadron component of operators from Delta Force (Task Force Green) and DEVGRU (Task Force Blue) supported by a Ranger protection force teams (Task Force Red) and ISA signals intercept and surveillance operators (Task Force Orange) and the 160th SOAR (Task Force Brown). "Task Force K-Bar was established on 10 October 2001, it was formed around a Naval Special Warfare Group consisting of SEALs from SEAL Teams 2, 3 and 8 and Green Berets from 1st Battalion, "3rd SFG; the task force was led by SEAL Captain "Robert Harward. The task force principle task was to conduct SR and "SSE missions in the south of the country. Other Coalition SOF-particularly "KSK, "JTF2 and "New Zealand Special Air Service were assigned to the task force. As part of the JIATF-CT (Joint Interagency Task Force-Counterterrorism)- intelligence integration and fusion activity manned by personnel from all Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan (OEF-A) participating units- SEALs from DEVGRU were part of Task Force Bowie, they were embedded in the task force in AFO's (Advanced Force Operations). The AFO's were 45-man reconnaissances units made up of a Delta Force recce specialists augmented by selected SEALs from DEVGRU and supported by "ISA's technical experts. The AFO's had been raised to support TF Sword and were tasked with intelligence preparation of the battlefield, working closely with the CIA and reported directly to Task Force Sword. The AFO's conducted covert reconnaissance - sending small 2 or 3 man teams into al-Qaeda 'Backyard' along the border with Pakistan, the AFO operators would deploy observation posts to watch and report enemy movements and numbers as well as environmental reconnaissance; much of the work was done on foot or "ATVs.
SEALs were present at the "Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in November 2001 alongside their counterparts from the British "SBS. Chief Petty Officer "Stephen Bass was awarded the "Navy Cross for his actions during the battle.
Before the US Marines landed at "Camp Rhino in November 2001, a SEAL recce team from SEAL Team 8 conducted reconnaissance of the area, they were mistakenly engaged by orbiting "AH-1W attack helicopters, but the SEALs managed to get a message through to the Marines before they suffered casualties. The SR mission in the region of Camp Rhino lasted for four days, after which two "United States Air Force Combat Control Teams made a nighttime "HALO jump to assist the SEALs in guiding in "Marines from the "15th Marine Expeditionary Unit who seized control of the area and established a "Forward operating base.
In January 2002, following the "Battle of Tora Bora, another series of caves was discovered in "Zhawar Kili, just south of "Tora Bora, airstrikes hit the sites before SOF teams were inserted into the area. A SEAL platoon from SEAL Team 3, including several of their Desert Patrol Vehicles, accompanied by a German KSK element and a Norwegian SOF team spent some nine days conducting extensive SEE, clearing an estimated 70 caves and 60 structures in the area, recovering a huge amount of both intelligence and munitions, but they didn't encounter any al-Qaeda fighters. Subsequent SEAL operations during the invasion of Afghanistan were conducted within Task Force K-Bar, a joint special operations unit of "Army Special Forces, "United States Air Force Special Tactics Teams, and special operations forces from Norway, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Denmark. Task Force K-Bar conducted combat operations in the massive cave complexes near the city of "Kandahar and surrounding territory, the town of Prata Ghar and hundreds of miles of rough terrain in southern and eastern Afghanistan. Over the course of six months Task Force K-Bar killed or captured over 200 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, and destroyed tens of thousands of pounds of weapons and ordnance.
In February 2002, while at Camp Rhino, the "CIA passed on intelligence from a "Predator drone operating in the "Paktia province that "Taliban Mullah "Khirullah Said Wali Khairkhwa was spotted leaving a building by vehicle convoy. SEALs and Danish "Jægerkorpset commandos boarded Air Force "Pave Low helicopters and seized Khairkhwa on the road less than two hours later. The SEALs continued to perform reconnaissance operations for the Marines until leaving after having spent 45 days on the ground.
In March 2002, SEALs from DEVGRU, SEAL Team 2, 3 and 8 participated extensively in "Operation Anaconda. During what would become knnown as the "Battle of Takur Ghar, whilst inserting from an MH-47E Chinook, PO1 "Neil Roberts from DEVGRU, was thrown from his helicopter when it took fire from entrenched al Qaeda fighters. Roberts was subsequently killed after engaging and fighting dozens of enemies for almost an hour. Several SEALs were wounded in a rescue attempt and their Air Force Combat Controller, Technical Sergeant John Chapman, was killed. Attempts to rescue the stranded SEAL also led to the deaths of several US Army Rangers and an "Air Force Pararescueman acting as a Quick Reaction Force.
Later in 2002, CJSOFT became a single integrated command under the broader CJTF-180 that commanded all US forces forces assigned to OEF-A, it was built around an Army Special Forces Group (often manned by National Guard units) and SEAL teams. A small JSOC element (formerly Task Force Sword/11) not under direct CTJF command - embedded within CJSOFT, it was manned by a joint SEAL and Ranger element that rotated command, it was not under direct ISAF command, although it operated in support of NATO operations.
In June 2005, Lieutenant "Michael P. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after his four-man reconnaissance counterinsurgency team was almost wiped out during "Operation Red Wings. After the four man team lost "Danny P. Dietz, he put himself in open view to call in the QRF. He soon after died from injuries sustained. "Matthew G. Axelson also died on this operation. The QRF never reached the scene; it was struck by an RPG killing 8 "Navy SEALs and 8 "Army Night Stalkers. "Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor from this operation.
In early 2010, Brigadier General Scott Miller took command of CJSOTF-Afghanistan and assigned virtually all SOF in the theatre to a new counterinsurgency role that would become known as the ALP/VSO Program (Afghan Local Police/Village Stability Operations), the SOF in Afghanistan were organised into battalion level SOTF (Special Operations Task Forces) each with a geographic area of responsibility-the SEALs were given southeast Afghanistan. To increase security of their assigned VSO village, a SEAL Platoon in "Chora District, "Uruzgan Province built a wall constructed of 500m of "HESCO barriers to divert insurgent movements away, this proved successful and eventually the Afghan villagers took ownership of it. SEALs and other SOTF still conducted Direct Action missions, but now partnered with Afghan forces.
Wardak Province helicopter crash
On 6 August 2011, 17 U.S. Navy SEALs were killed when their "CH-47 Chinook helicopter "was shot down by an "RPG fired by "Taliban militants. The SEALs were en route to support "U.S. Army Rangers who were taking fire while attempting to capture a senior Taliban leader in the "Tangi Valley. Fifteen of the SEALs belonged to the "Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Two others were SEALs assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. A total of 30 Americans and eight Afghans were killed in the crash, making it the single largest loss of U.S. lives in the Global War on Terrorism.
On 16 June 2012, SEALs in Uruzgan Province conducted a joint operation into the "Shah Wali Kot Valley where they suffered the loss of a Black Hawk helicopter when it was struck by an insurgent "RPG, the crash killed 11 servicemen (7 US and 4 Afghan).
In December 2012, SEALs from DEVGRU rescued a US doctor who had been kidnapped a few days earlier. However, during the operation the unit suffered a fatality, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque. Senior Chief Edward Byers, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during this mission.
In May 2013, Rear Adm. Sean Pybus, commander of Navy Special Warfare stated that the unit would cut in half the number of SEAL platoons in Afghanistan by the end of 2013. Rear Adm. Sean Pybus also added that the unit is already "undergoing a transition back to its maritime roots" by placing more emphasis on sea-based missions after being involved in mostly landlocked missions since 2001.
For the "2003 invasion of Iraq, a squadron from DEVGRU operated as part of Task Force 20. Their role was to conduct heliborne direct action raids, particularly against HVTs. The Naval Special Operations Task Group was assigned to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was built around a core of SEAL Teams 8 and 10, Polish "GROM, "Royal Marines from "40 and "42 Commando under the command of "3 Commando Brigade and attached "US Psy Ops and civil affairs teams. The Naval Task Group was principally tasked with the capture of the port of "Umm Qasr, Iraq's only deep-water port; the oil pipeline facilities of the "Al-Faw Peninsula; and the two off-shore platforms the pipelines fed. Once these initial target sets were secured, the Task Group would support conventional forces in the south, conducting reconnaissance and raiding activities. Aviation support was provided by both Marine air of the 15th MEU and "20th Special Operations Squadron.
Several days before the beginning of the invasion, two SDV teams were launched from "Mark V Special Operations Craft in the Persian Gulf. Their objectives were the "hydrographic reconnaissance of the "Al Basrah (MABOT) and Khawr Al Amaya (KAAOT) Oil Terminals. After swimming under the terminals and securing their "Mark 8 mod 1s, the SDV SEALs spent several hours taking pictures and surveying Iraqi activity on both platforms before returning to their boats. On March 20, 2003, SEALs from SEAL Team 8 and 10 (31 SEALs, 2 "Navy EOD a USAF combat controller and several Iraqi interpreters) moved to seize the MABOT oil terminal whilst GROM operators assaulted the KAAOT Oil Terminals. The terminals were quickly seized with no casualties, and explosives which were found on the terminals were made safe by GROM operators.
The shore-based pumping stations (known as MMS-Monitoring and Meter Stations) and their pipelines on the Al-Faw Peninsula were "seized by 12 SEALS from SEAL Team 3, who were mounted in DPVs. They took off from Kuwait and were inserted under Iraqi anti-aircraft fire by MH-53 helicopters. The target area was 'softened up' by "JDAM bombs dropped from "B-52s on Iraqi bunkers, trenches and dugouts around the oil facilities. After a brief firefight in which the SEALs killed 1 Iraqi soldier and captured 13, the SEALs secured the MMS and the pipelines, and were relieved by Royal Marines from 40 Commando. The SEALs advised the Marines, helping coordinate "AC-130 Spectres fire support onto Iraqi forces. The other shore-based pumping station at Umm Qasr was secured by SEALs and Royal Marines; before they landed, AC-130 Spectres and "A-10As engaged a nearby "SAM installation and a responding Iraqi mechanised unit. The SEALs secured the facility itself whilst the Royal Marines cleared Iraqi bunkers, killing several Iraqi soldiers.
Other Naval Task Group operations included elements of three SEAL platoons in GMV trucks and DPVs seizing the al Zubayr MMS, whilst "I MEF attacked the Rumaylah Oil Fields north of al-Faw. SEALs and "Special Boat teams helped secure the Khawr Abd Allah and Khawr Az Zubyar waterways, which enabled humanitarian supplies to be delivered to the port of Umm Qasr. SEALs from the unit that secured the al-Faw MMS also conducted reconnaissance on the Shat Al Arab waterway, that was later secured by British forces. SEALs were also involved in various VBSS missions with British and Australian forces to seize Iraqi craft carrying seaborne mines.
Coalition military planners were concerned that retreating Iraqi forces would destroy the Mukatayin hydroelectric dam, located 57 miles northeast of Baghdad, in an attempt to slow advancing US troops. In addition to restricting the manoeuvre of Coalition forces, the destruction of the dam would deny critical power needs to the surrounding area, as well as cause massive flooding and loss of Iraqi civilian life. A mixed team of SEALs from SEAL Team 5 and Polish GROM was called in to seize the dam. This force was flown several hours by 6 US Air Force "MH-53J Pave Lows, the force consisted of 20 SEALs (with an extra six SEAL snipers in one helicopter carrying the SEAL command and control element) and two EOD operators along with 35 GROM operators to the dam. The SEALs employed DPVs into blocking positions to defend against counter-attack and roving bands of Iranian bandits that had been crossing the border and raiding Iraqi towns. As in Al Faw the SEALs found their DPVs (the SEAL unit at the al-Faw MMS lost all but two DPVs when the were bogged down in the oily mud) to be ineffective and this marked the last time they would employ them in Iraq. The SEALs and GROM on foot fast-roped out of their helicopters and immediately stormed the dam. The minimal Iraqi troops guarding the dam surrendered without a fight, and with the exception of a GROM "soldier who broke an ankle during the insertion, no casualties were sustained in the operation. After several hours of searching the dam for remaining hostile forces or any explosives, the SEALs secured the dam and held it for 5 days until they were relieved by advancing elements of the US Army.
During the "Battle of Basra, SEALS and the along with the "Brigade Reconnaissance Force and "539 Assault Squadron RM attempted a waterborne approach to "Basra via the Shatt al-Arab waterway but were intercepted by "Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol craft and did not want engage them so they withdrew. On April 6, 2003, after relocating further up the waterway they successfully infiltrated via the waterway, using SEAL UAVs they called in "show-of-force" and an airstrike by a USMC harrier on Iraqi troops, the SEALs then headed to ""Chemical Ali's" house with SSE teams to find traces of chemical weapons. SEALs carried out missions around "Nasiriyah, carrying out reconnaissance on surrounding villages and engaging enemy strong points bypassed by the US Marine advance. Charlie Platoon, SEAL Team 3, later operated ahead of the Marine advance carrying out similar missions. SEAL and GROM units continued to cooperate throughout the rest of the invasion phase, with raids and anti sniper missions in "Baghdad.
Following the invasion, SEAL platoons rotated through Iraq, conducting overwatch for US and Iraqi patrols and directly mentoring local Iraqi forces; they also conducted surveillance and sniping missions into known trouble spots. In September 2004, a SEAL sniper element was tasked with establishing an overwatch and surveillance position overlooking "Haifa Street, they were inserted by "Bradley IFVs from a unit of the "9th Cavalry Regiment, however they were spotted and engaged by insurgents. The SEALs notified the Bradley's, they drove back, fired on the insurgents and setup a cordon for the SEALs to be extracted, one Bradley was destroyed by a car bomb, there were no casualties and the SEALs were extracted.
In the interim between the First Battle of Fallujah and "Second Battle of Fallujah, insurgents in "Fallujah knew that the coalition assault was inevitable and under the guidance of the influx of foreign fighters, began to build defensive networks throughout the city-ranging from fortified buildings, trench lines, "berms, strategically placed "car bombs and "IEDs. In preparations for the second battle, SEALs conducted reconnaissance near the berms and tested out reports that the insurgents were equipped with night-vision equipment, they proved this by throwing an infra-red chemical light into the street which drew small arms fire. SEALs along with the "5th SFG, "Marine Force Recon and "Det One and other JSOC elements were heavily involved in shaping operations prior to the November 7 "D-DAY when coalition forces entered the city. The SOF shaping included sophisticated feints to mislead the insurgents as to the direction of the final assault, close target reconnaissance and direct-action missions where a logistics node or IED factory was targeted. When the offensive on the insurgents in the city began, many of the US Marine companie had SEAL sniper teams attached to them, mainly from SEAL Teams 3,5 and 10.
From 2005, SEALs were heavily committed to western Iraq in "Al Anbar Governorate, "AQI terrorists who escaped Fallujah had relocated to "Ramadi. A SEAL Task Unit was co-located with the Marines at "Al Asad Airbase and sent elements to Ramadi and "Habbaniyah, the SEALs were initially tasked with target development for the Marines and providing sniper overwatch for their patrols. The SEALs were already training an Iraqi Army unit in Habbaniyah, although "FID was their main focus until later that year. A SEAL Task Unit generally comprised two individual SEAL Platoons: each Platoon was made up of seven-man squad elements commanded by a "junior officer, three of these Task Units (although a fourth was often added) along with a Special Boat Team detachment and a Headquarters Team (including integral intelligence, targeting and EOD personnel) made up a Naval Special Warfare Squadron. According to "Dick Couch, the SEALs began FID with two Iraqi units-the Army Scouts who conducted conventional reconnaissance missions, and the SMP (Special Missions Platoon), a locally formed unit that would later fight alongside the SEALs. Despite several challenges, the SEALs were soon conducted operations with partnered units, particularly in Special Reconnaissance, focusing on the surveillance aspect, whilst conventional US Army or Marines would conduct raids and arrests.
As the SEALs were beginning to make headway in Ramadi, AQI was starting to infiltrate the area by targeting local "Sheikhs and convincing them to allow jihadists to marry into local tribes, thus cementing their powerbase and Sheikhs that resisted these advances were met with typical AQI brutality. Al-Qaeda's efforts to install a "Sharia-style shadow government in Ramadi led to AQI's downfall-when in the first half of 2006, in the run-up to the "Second Battle of Ramadi SEALs, increasingly partnered with conventional forces of the "1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division which was planning the offensive. SEALs along with the Scouts and SMP, would conduct reconnaissance, surveillance and sniper overwatch tasks; with their own targeting cell, they also began conducting raids on local insurgent leaders. The 1st BCT began the concerted offensive to clear Ramadi of AQI fighters; on 29 September 2006, whilst at a rooftop overwatch position, Petty Officer "Michael A. Monsoor died after leaping upon an enemy grenade during a rooftop firefight, two SEALs on the roof were badly wounded from the grenade fragments and their local Iraqi Scouts ran back into the cover of the building, a fourth SEAL (only lightly wounded), managed to radio his colleagues and get the Scouts to return fire. A SEAL element in a second overwatch position immediately ran through heavy fire to reach Monsoor (whom later died from his wounds in the back of a Bradley IFV) and the wounded SEALs, Monsoor was later awarded the Medal of Honor and the Silver Star. The advances by conventional forces and the SEALs in Ramadi, combined with the brutal tactics of AQI, helped to increase recruitment in a local police initiative-the programme was designed to bring the local Sheikhs' militias into the Iraqi Security Forces. These volunteers would serve locally in their communities to defend them against al-Qaeda, a month after the kidnapping and murder of Sheikh Khalid by AQI (which proved to be the tipping point), the Sheikhs signed a declaration agreeing to fight AQI and by the closing of 2006, even former insurgents were joining the local police (later known as the "Anbar Awakening) by the end of the battle, some 1,100 terrorists were killed.
In Fallujah, the SEAL Task Unit were also heavily involved in fighting. In one joint operation to capture an AQI leader, they entered the target building and were engaged resulting in an Iraqi Scout being killed and a SEAL severely wounded, two SEALs returned fire and entered the building, both SEALs entered different rooms, in one room the SEAL encountered 3 insurgents who opened fired at close range, another SEAL across the hallway was struck in the head and killed, the SEAL in the room with the insurgents killed all 3.
In September 2009, in a nighttime raid in Fallujah, SEALs captured "Ahmad Hashim Abd al-Isawi (nicknamed the "Butcher of Fallujah"), a prominent al-Qaeda terrorist who was the mastermind behind the "2004 Fallujah ambush. Al-Isawai made accusations of mistreatment while in custody, and testified in April 2010 at the ensuing "courts-martial against 3 SEALs (all of whom were acquitted).  Iraqi authorities later tried and executed al-Isawi by "hanging at some point before November 2013.
SEALS remained employed throughout the Iraqi Campaign as Task Units or Task Elements until its close in 2011.
Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines
OEF-P was established in 2002 to conduct long-term partnered operations with both Philippine Army special operations and intelligence units, as well as police units to counter the threat posed by the "ASG and "JI terrorist groups. Much of this work has been assigned to 1st SFG; SEALs and "USAF Special Operations who have also had a long-term presence in the Philippines. There are few confirmed operational details about the SEALs and Green Berets conducting partnered operations, although elements are partnered with Philippine Army and SOF; there have been mentions of Green Berets and SEALs being wounded. On 21 June 2002, SEALs in "RIBs supported the "Philippine Naval Special Operations Group in the operation that killed "Abu Sabaya, a senior leader in the ASG. A US Predator UAV marked the HVT with an infrared laser as he tried to escape in a smugglers boat, the MH-47Es from the 160th SOAR used search lights mounted on their helicopters to pinpoint the target's boat while operators from the Philippine Naval Special Operations Group opened fire on the boat killing the terrorist leader and capturing 4 other terrorists with him.
Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa
As part of OEF-HOA, Naval Special Warfare Unit 10 are deployed to "Camp Lemonnier, "Djibouti, under the command of SOCCE-HOA (Special Opererations Command and Control Element-Horn of Africa) which commands all "SOCOM units assigned to training or operational missions in the region. Special operations carried out in Somalia are conducted under the codename: Operation Octave Dune, as part of the overall effort in Somalia, which is known as Operation Octave Shield.
Before Djibouti became the epicentre for counter terrorism operations in Africa, unilateral operations were launched from temporary forward locations in friendly nations such as Kenya, or from US Navy Ships. The earliest known operation in Somalia was known as Operation Cobalt Blue: In 2003, SEALs using SEAL Delivery Vehicles swam ashore along the Somali coastline and emplaced covert surveillance cameras. Known as cardinals, the cameras were designed to watch likely target locations for wanted terrorists as al-Qaeda and its affiliates began to regroup in the country, however the cameras only took one image a day and captured very little.
CJSOTF-HOA (Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Horn of Africa) developed a rescue plan called Operation Mystic Talon, in case and CIA SAD or ISA operators were captured in the region, the plan required a SEAL platoon Air Force Special Operations assets that, if necessary, would fight their way into Somalia, recover the hostage and fight their way out, should a mission need to be launched before a dedicated JSOC task force could be deployed to the region.
Maersk Alabama hijacking
On 12 April 2009, in response to a hostage taking incident off the coast of "Somalia by "Somalian pirates, three Navy SEALs from "DEVGRU simultaneously engaged and killed the three pirates who were closely holding the hostage, "Captain Richard Phillips, of the freighter ship "Maersk Alabama. The pirates and their hostage were being towed in a lifeboat approximately 100 yards behind "USS Bainbridge when each of the pirates were killed by a different "DEVGRU sniper with a single shot to the head.
Death of Osama bin Laden
In the early morning of May 1, 2011 "local time, a team of 40 Navy SEALs of the "Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), previously called "SEAL Team 6", along with a "Belgian Malinois "Military Working Dog (named "Cairo"), supported by "Special Activities Division officers on the ground, killed "Osama bin Laden in "Abbottabad, Pakistan about 35 miles (56 km) from "Islamabad in a "CIA operation. President "Barack Obama later confirmed the death of bin Laden, but did not directly mention the involvement of DEVGRU, saying only that a "small team" of Americans undertook the operation to bring down bin Laden. The unprecedented media coverage raised the public profile of the SEAL community, particularly the "counter-terrorism specialists commonly known as SEAL Team 6. "The Walt Disney Company tried unsuccessfully to trademark the name "SEAL Team 6" the day after the raid. The official name of the military operation was "Operation Neptune Spear. The model of the compound used in the "60 Minutes documentary was donated by CBS to the "Navy SEAL Museum.
Morning Glory oil tanker
On March 16, 2014, 30 U.S. Navy SEALs from SEAL Team 2 took control of "MV Morning Glory, a tanker full of oil loaded from a rebel-held port in Libya. The raid by Navy SEALs took place in international waters off the coast of Cyprus, the raid was a success; preventing a Libyan splinter militia group selling nationalized Libyan oil on the black market.
Operation Inherent Resolve
As part of "Operation Inherent Resolve's Iraq Campaign, there are at least 100 SEALs as part of a Special Operations advise and assist mission to "Peshmerga and "Iraqi Security Forces in combating "ISIS. The Navy SEAL operation in northern Iraq is called Task Force Trident. On May 3, 2016, Petty Officer 1st Class "Charles Keating IV was killed by ISIS small arms fire near the town of "Tel Skuf during an ISIS assault on a Peshmerga position. He was a member of a 20-man Quick Reaction Force (QRF) sent to rescue a dozen U.S. advisors at the position and temporarily assist the Peshmerga.
Selection and training
Before getting accepted into Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, a prospective candidate must pass a certain number of both mental and physical "requirements. These tests include: Pre-enlistment medical screening, "ASVAB, AFQT, C-SORT, and PST. Then, the candidate must get a SEAL contract by passing the SEAL Physical Screening Test: 500 yard swim in 12:30, 50 push-ups in 2 minutes, 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes, 10 consecutive pull-ups in 2 minutes, and a 1.5 mile run in 10:30. If the candidate receives a passing score, he may then be admitted into training to become a Navy SEAL. SEAL training is extremely rigorous. The attrition rate fluctuates, but averages at about 80 percent. However, it is not uncommon for BUD/S classes to see up to 90% of the students wash out. The average candidate spends over a year in a series of formal training courses before being awarded the "Special Warfare Operator Naval Rating and the "Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 5326 Combatant Swimmer (SEAL) or, in the case of commissioned naval officers, the designation Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Officer.
Navy SEAL training pipeline:
- 8-week Naval Recruit Training
- 8-week Naval Special Warfare Prep School
- 24-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training (BUD/S)
- 5-week Parachute Jump School
- 26-week SEAL Qualification Training (SQT)
Upon graduation from SQT, trainees receive the U.S. Navy SEAL Trident, designating them as Navy SEALs. They are subsequently assigned to a SEAL Team or SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Team and begin 18-months of predeployment training before they are considered deployable. This training consists of:
- 6-month Professional Development - Individual Specialty Training (ProDev)
- 6-month Unit Level Training (ULT). ULT is unit training conducted by each Groups Training Detachment. Core unit training blocks are Air Operations, Land Warfare, Maritime, Urban and Special Reconnaissance.
- 6-month Squadron Integration Training (SIT)
Those enlisted SEALs with a medical rating will first attend the Special Operation Combat Medic Course for 6 months in Fort Bragg, North Carolina before joining a team in order to become a SEAL medic. Those pursuing Officer positions first attend the Junior Officer Training Course to learn about operations planning and how to perform team briefings. In total it can take over 2.5 years to completely train a Navy SEAL for his first deployment.
Until December 2015, female sailors were barred from becoming Navy SEALs by naval regulation. However, in August 2015, it was reported that the "Navy is planning to open its elite SEAL teams to women who can pass the grueling training regimen." Admiral Jon Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations at the time, said that "he and the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Brian Losey, believe that if women can pass the legendary six-month Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, they should be allowed to serve." In August 2015, "[f]inal approval [for admission of women] is still pending."  On 3 December 2015, it was announced that there are now "no exceptions" to all military roles in the U.S., and women can become U.S. Navy SEALs. However, as of April 2016, no female sailors have yet applied to undergo indoctrination as SEALs.
Naval Special Warfare Command is organized into the following configuration:
- Naval Special Warfare Group 1: SEAL Teams 1, 3, 5, 7
- Naval Special Warfare Group 2: SEAL Teams 2, 4, 8, 10
- "Naval Special Warfare Group 3: SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1
- Naval Special Warfare Group 4: Special Boat Teams 12, 20, 22
- Naval Special Warfare Group 11: SEAL Teams 17, 18 (formerly Operational Support Teams 1, 2)
The total number of Navy SEALs assigned to Naval Special Warfare Command is approximately 8,195 out of a total staffing of 8,985.
The original SEAL Teams in the Vietnam War were separated between West Coast (Team ONE) and East Coast (Team TWO) SEALs. Likewise current SEAL Teams are organized into two groups: Naval Special Warfare Group One (West Coast) and Naval Special Warfare Group Two (East Coast), both of which come under the command of "Naval Special Warfare Command at "NAB Coronado, California. As of 2006, there are eight confirmed Navy SEAL Teams. The current SEAL Team deployments include Teams 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10. The most recent teams are SEAL Team 7 and SEAL Team 10, which were formed in March and April 2002, respectively.
The Teams deploy as Naval Special Warfare Squadrons or Special Operations Task Forces and can deploy anywhere in the world. Squadrons will normally be deployed and fall under a Joint Task Force (JTF) or a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF) as a Special Operations Task Force (SOTF).
Each SEAL Team is commanded by a Navy "Commander (O-5), and has a number of operational SEAL platoons and a headquarters element.
A SEAL Team has a Staff Headquarters element and three 40-man Troops. Each Troop consists of a Headquarters element consisting of a Troop Commander, typically a "Lieutenant Commander (O-4), a platoon Senior Enlisted (E-8), a Targeting/Operations Officer (O-2/3) and a Targeting/Operations Leading/Chief Petty Officer (E-6/7). Under the HQ element are two SEAL platoons of 16–20 men (two officers, 14–16 enlisted SEALs, and sometimes assigned non-NSW support personnel); a company-sized Combat Service Support (CSS) and/or Combat Support (CS) consisting of "staff N-codes (the Army and Marine Corps use S-codes); N1 Administrative support, N2 Intelligence, N3 Operations, N4 Logistics, N5 Plans and Targeting, N6 Communications, N7 Training, and N8 Air/Medical.
Each platoon can be task organized for operational purposes into four squads, of eight 4–5 man fire teams/boat crews. The size of each SEAL "Team" with platoons and support staff is approximately 300 personnel. The typical SEAL platoon has an OIC (Officer in Charge, usually a Lieutenant (O-3), a Platoon chief (E-7/E-8), and two squads commanded by a LTJG (O-2) and a Squad Leader (E-6). The remaining members of the Squad are operators (E-4 to E-6) with their specialty skills in ordinance, communications, diving, medical. The core leadership in the Troop and Platoon are the Commander/OIC and the Senior Enlisted NCO (Senior Chief/Chief).
Platoon core skills consist of: Sniper, Breacher, Communicator, Maritime/Engineering, Close Air Support, Corpsman, Point-man/Navigator, Primary Driver/Navigator (Rural/Urban/Protective Security), Heavy Weapons Operator, Sensitive Site Exploitation, Air Operations Master, Lead Climber, Lead Diver/Navigator, Interrogator, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Technical Surveillance, and Advanced Special Operations.
"Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, a "naval base in "Virginia Beach, Virginia, is home to SEAL Teams 2, 4, 8, and 10. "Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, a naval base in "Coronado, California, is home to SEAL Teams 1, 3, 5, and 7. There is also a "SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) unit, SDVT-1, located in "Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. SDVT-2 was based in Virginia; it was disestablished and merged into SDVT-1. SDV Teams are SEAL teams with an added underwater delivery capability. An SDV "platoon consists of 12–15 SEALs. Declassified locations:
|Insignia||Team||Deployment||Number of Platoons||HQ||Notes|
|""||SEAL Team 1||Worldwide||6 Platoons||Coronado, California|
|""||SEAL Team 2||Worldwide||6 Platoons||Little Creek, Virginia|
|""||SEAL Team 3||Middle East||6 Platoons||Coronado, California|
|""||SEAL Team 4||Worldwide||6 Platoons||Little Creek, Virginia|
|""||SEAL Team 5||Worldwide||6 Platoons||Coronado, California|
|""||"Naval Special Warfare Development Group||Worldwide||Classified||Dam Neck, Virginia||SEAL Team 6 was dissolved in 1987. The Navy then established the "Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as DEVGRU. While DEVGRU is administratively supported by "Naval Special Warfare Command, they are operationally under the command of the "Joint Special Operations Command|
|""||SEAL Team 7||Worldwide||6 Platoons||Coronado, California|
|""||SEAL Team 8||Worldwide||6 Platoons||Little Creek, Virginia|
|""||SEAL Team 10||Middle East||6 Platoons||Little Creek, Virginia|
|""||SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team||Worldwide||4 Platoons||Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Little Creek, Virginia
San Diego, California
Special warfare ratings
The Special Warfare Operator rating (SO) and Special Warfare Boat Operator rating (SB), were established in 2006. Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) and Special Warfare Boat Operators ("SWCCs), are no longer required to maintain the original rating they qualified in upon joining the navy.
The following ratings are specific to Navy SEALs
|Navy Rate||Abbreviation||Pay Grade||Special Warfare Rating||Abbreviation|
|"Master Chief Petty Officer||MCPO||E-9||Master Chief Special Warfare Operator||SOCM|
|"Senior Chief Petty Officer||SCPO||E-8||Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator||SOCS|
|"Chief Petty Officer||CPO||E-7||Chief Special Warfare Operator||SOC|
|"Petty Officer First Class||PO1||E-6||Special Warfare Operator, First Class||SO1|
|"Petty Officer Second Class||PO2||E-5||Special Warfare Operator, Second Class||SO2|
|"Petty Officer Third Class||PO3||E-4||Special Warfare Operator, Third Class||SO3|
The primary mission of the Navy Parachute Team (NPT) is to support Naval Special Warfare recruiting by gaining access and exposure to appropriate candidates through aerial parachuting demonstrations. The U.S. Navy Parachute Team is a fifteen-man team composed of U.S. Navy SEALs. Each member comes to the team for a three-year tour from one of the two Naval Special Warfare Groups located on the east and west coasts. On completion of the tour, members return to operational units. The parachute team began in 1969 when Navy SEALs and Frogmen volunteered to perform at weekend air shows. The Team initially consisted of five jumpers: LCDR Olson, PHC Gagliardi, SK2 "Herky" Hertenstein, PR1 Al Schmiz and PH2 "Chip" Maury. Schmiz and Maury were members of the original "Chuting Stars." When LCDR Olson was transferred to California, PHC Gene "Gag" Gagliardi (D 546) of UDT ELEVEN introduced him to the local jumping elite with the San Diego Skydivers, one of the nation's first sports parachuting clubs. He convinced the Commander Naval Operations Support Group, PACIFIC to create a small demonstration team consisting of a cadre of highly qualified freefall jumpers. Its activities were to be conducted on a "not to interfere" basis with other military duties and at no cost to the government, other than utilizing normally scheduled aircraft. This group eventually adopted the "Leap Frogs" name.
The team was officially commissioned as the U.S. Navy Parachute Team in 1974 by the Chief of Naval Operations and assigned the mission of demonstrating Navy excellence throughout the United States. The East Coast-based "Chuting Stars" were disbanded in the 1980s with the "Leap Frogs" taking on all official parachute demonstrations within the Navy.
A typical Leap Frogs performance consists of six jumpers leaping out of an aircraft at an altitude of 6,000 feet. After freefalling sometimes using smoke or streamers, the Leap Frogs fly their canopies together to build canopy-relative work formations. After performances, the Leap Frogs make themselves available to the public to answer questions about the Navy and the Naval Special Warfare community, as well as to sign autographs.
Influence on foreign units
From its predecessors – the "Underwater Demolition Teams – to its current form, the SEALs have influenced the training and formation of several foreign units. In 1955 the Underwater Demolition Teams provided funding and training for the "Republic of Korea Naval Special Warfare Flotilla, who are also known as UDT/SEALs. The Philippine "Naval Special Warfare Group is also patterned on the training and implementation of the US Navy SEALs and the UDTs. Upon the creation of the Indian "MARCOS in 1987, three officers were sent to undergo a hard training schedule with the SEALs that would help them further shape their unit's capabilities. Due to their reputation as being one of America's premier special operations forces, SEALs (particularly operators from "DEVGRU) will often do exchanges with allied SOFs.
The "National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, in "Fort Pierce, Florida, was founded in 1985 and was recognized as a National Museum by an act of Congress. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Navy SEALs and their predecessors. The SEAL Museum stands on the training site of the first Navy frogmen. There through World War II, thousands of service members were trained as members of "Naval Combat Demolition Units and "Underwater Demolition Teams. The Museum houses rare historic artifacts from the founding of the UDT to present day, including weapons, vehicles, equipment, and most recently added, the "Maersk Alabama lifeboat aboard which "Somali pirates held Captain Richard Phillips hostage.
In popular culture
U.S. Navy SEALs have been depicted in numerous works of art, entertainment, and media. Examples of well-known representations in films["citation needed] include: "Navy SEALs (1990), "The Rock (1996), "G.I. Jane (1997), "Act of Valor (2012), "Zero Dark Thirty (2012), "Lone Survivor (2013) and "American Sniper (2014). Examples of fictional representations in literature["citation needed] include various characters in "Tom Clancy novels (e.g., "Rainbow Six and "Without Remorse) and the "G.I. Joe universe.
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