49 Facts About Navy SEALs


Navy SEALs are typically ordered to capture or to kill high level targets, or to gather intelligence behind enemy lines.

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British Combined Operations veteran LCDR Wooley, of the Royal Navy SEALs, was placed in charge of the OSS Maritime Unit in June 1943.

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Navy SEALs was primarily interested in them for being swimmers, not their military training.

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Navy SEALs's announcement was actually only a formal acknowledgement of a process that had been underway since the Korean War.

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Navy SEALs needed to determine its role within the special operations arena.

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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.

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The Navy SEALs attended Underwater Demolition Team replacement training and they spent some time training in UDTs.

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In March 1962, Navy 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.

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The Navy SEALs were later involved in the CIA sponsored Phoenix Program where it targeted Vietcong infrastructure and personnel for capture and assassination.

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Into the late 1960s, the Navy SEALs were successful in a new style of warfare, effective in anti-guerrilla and guerrilla actions.

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Navy SEALs brought a personal war to the enemy in a previously safe area.

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Navy SEALs served as advisors for Provincial Reconnaissance Units and the Lein Doc Nguio Nhia, the Vietnamese Navy SEALs.

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Navy SEALs continued to make forays into North Vietnam and Laos and covertly into Cambodia, controlled by the Studies and Observations Group.

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The Navy SEALs were pinned down in the mansion overnight and were relieved and extracted by a group of Marines the following morning.

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Several Navy SEALs were concerned about the nature of the mission assigned to them being that airfield seizure was usually the domain of the Army Rangers.

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Almost immediately upon landing, the 48 Navy SEALs came under withering fire from the PDF stationed at the airfield.

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Navy SEALs were the first to capture Iraqi Prisoners of War when they assaulted nine Kuwaiti Oil platforms on 19 January 1991.

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The Navy SEALs were first into Kuwait City in their Desert Patrol Vehicles when it was recaptured.

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Navy SEALs were present at the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in November 2001 alongside their counterparts from the British SBS.

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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 Navy SEALs in guiding in Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit who seized control of the area and established a Forward operating base.

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The Navy SEALs continued to perform reconnaissance operations for the Marines until leaving after having spent 45 days on the ground.

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Several Navy SEALs were wounded in a rescue attempt and their Air Force Combat Controller, Technical Sergeant John Chapman, was killed.

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On 6 August 2011, seventeen US Navy SEALs were killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by an RPG fired by Taliban militants.

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The Navy SEALs were en route to support US Army Rangers who were taking fire while attempting to capture a senior Taliban leader in the Tangi Valley.

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Fifteen of the Navy SEALs belonged to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

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Two others were Navy SEALs assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.

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The Navy SEALs advised the Marines, helping coordinate AC-130 Spectres fire support onto Iraqi forces.

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The Navy SEALs secured the facility itself whilst the Royal Marines cleared Iraqi bunkers, killing several Iraqi soldiers.

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Navy SEALs were involved in various VBSS missions with British and Australian forces to seize Iraqi craft carrying seaborne mines.

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The Navy 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.

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On 6 April 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 Navy SEALs then headed to "Chemical Ali's" house with SSE teams to find traces of chemical weapons.

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Navy SEALs carried out missions around Nasiriyah, carrying out reconnaissance on surrounding villages and engaging enemy strong points bypassed by the US Marine advance.

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In preparations for the second battle, Navy 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 infrared chemical light into the street which drew small arms fire.

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From 2005, Navy SEALs were heavily committed to western Iraq in Al Anbar Governorate, AQI terrorists who escaped Fallujah had relocated to Ramadi.

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The Navy SEALs were already training an Iraqi Army unit in Habbaniyah, although FID was their main focus until later that year.

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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 Navy SEALs, increasingly partnered with conventional forces of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division which was planning the offensive.

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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 Navy SEALs returned fire and entered the building, both Navy SEALs entered different rooms, in one room the SEAL encountered three 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 three.

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In September 2009, in a nighttime raid in Fallujah, Navy SEALs captured Ahmad Hashim Abd al-Isawi, a prominent al-Qaeda terrorist who was the mastermind behind the 2004 Fallujah ambush.

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The earliest known operation in Somalia was known as Operation Cobalt Blue: In 2003, Navy SEALs using SEAL Delivery Vehicles swam ashore along the Somali coastline and emplaced covert surveillance cameras.

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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.

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Navy SEALs was a member of a 20-man Quick Reaction Force sent to rescue a dozen US advisors at the position and temporarily assist the Peshmerga.

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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 SEALs Enlisted Classification 5326 Combatant Swimmer or, in the case of commissioned naval officers, the designation Naval Special Warfare Officer.

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In 2019 the Navy SEALs announced that an unnamed female officer was the first to successfully complete the SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection program.

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Navy SEALs was a one of a group of five female candidates to enter the program.

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Navy SEALs convinced the Commander Naval Operations Support Group, PACIFIC to create a small demonstration team consisting of a cadre of highly qualified freefall jumpers.

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From its predecessors, the Underwater Demolition Teams, to its current form, the Navy SEALs have influenced the training and formation of several foreign units.

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In 1966, United States Navy SEALs established Pakistan's Special Service Group based on a mutual security understanding and the training provided under the IMET program until the 1970s.

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US Navy SEALs provided initial training to the Indian Marine Special Force, which later became known as the MARCOS.

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Navy SEALs prepare for a training mission aboard the USS George Washington.

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