Elite Special Operations forces across the planet have several shared core functionalities (missions). Though there will always be healthy discussions about who does what better we can all agree that each special unit brings a unique approach and level of talent and resources to each mission. Over the past decade the men and women of More »
Naval Special Warfare Command
Naval Special Warfare (NSW) is comprised of approximately 8,900 total personnel, including more than 2,400 active-duty Special Warfare Operators, known as SEALs, 700 Special Warfare Boat Operators, also known as Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC), 700 reserve personnel, 4,100 support personnel and more than 1,100 civilians.
Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC or “WARCOM”) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (US SOCOM). WARCOM is headquarterd in San Diego, Calif. and leads the Navy’s special operations force and the maritime component of SOCOM.
Today’s SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) almost seem like something from a futuristic styled video game. Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, communication and onboard life sustaining systems the SDV appears as modern day science-fiction; but, these ghost like submersibles have been around since World War II and have served are nations secret More »
The public description of Naval Special Warfare’s Development Group for years has reflected its name. An organization whose primary purpose was to develop tactics and strategies supporting operations from the sea, air or land. This was the accepted description of DEVGRU. Naval Special Warfare Development Group was tasked with the management and testing of both More »
SEAL training is known as the toughest and most demanding in world. Grueling physical challenges all day everyday test a man’s mental fortitude as he’s pushed to his limits. To become a SEAL there are 4 distinct stages one must travel through. Passing through a draft, completing prep school, making it through BUD/S and finally More »
SEALs, an uncommon and extremely dedicated fighting force trained to operate in any environment. With an exceptional ability to excel in the most demanding, water, they have become known as the toughest warriors on the planet. As a major component of the U.S Special Operations Command (SOCOM) the SEAL Teams entered to bring the demanding More »
From prepping the beaches of Normandy to inventing Hell Week the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs) produced a dramatic and valuable legacy playing a short; but, essential role in the evolution of the SEAL teams. Normandy: The deadliest day in Naval Special Warfare’s history Approaching shore in small rubber boats ladened with explosives the brave More »
Infiltrating secret agents, supplying resistance groups and engaging in sabotage was the job description of The Office of Strategic Services Maritime Unit (OSS MU). If we were to cite a single source that generated the attributes of modern day SEALs, and their missions, we wouldn’t need to look any further than the OSS MU. On More »
If America was to survive the bloody deed of taking fortified beaches would have to be mastered. This would require the toughest of men to be trained to the most demanding of standards and that’s what we did. Eight months after Pearl Harbor was attacked, the Amphibious Scouts and Raiders school was established to train More »
The history and evolution of the SEAL Teams is a powerful one. I spent over 10 years as a SEAL and never really understood who they were until now. If I knew then what I know now, I never would have left the Teams in 2008. “Officially” the SEAL Teams were formed in January of More »
Every ounce of their being has been forged by war. Not a single tactic, technique or procedure hasn’t been bought and paid for by their own blood. Every laser, parachute, weapon, suppressor, trigger, button and stitch on their uniform has a purpose. They’ve been called ghosts, guerrillas, assassins and heroes. To know them one must More »