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An East Coast based U.S. Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land) practices shooting drills at the Naval Special Warfare Eagle Haven Indoor Shooting Range on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. "We continually train and hone our skills to ensure we remain proficient enabling us to be prepared at a moment's notice," said an East Coast Based Navy SEAL. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William S. Parker/Released)

#WARFIGHTING – The Special Operations Community

October is #Warfighting month focusing on Navy Warfighters, a fast and flexible force deployed worldwide to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression on, above, and below the sea. This is the first in a series of twelve blogs highlighting the different enlisted ratings.  This blog takes a peak into the world of the Special Operations Community.

Special Warfare Operator (SO)

An East Coast based U.S. Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land) practices shooting drills at the Naval Special Warfare Eagle Haven Indoor Shooting Range on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. “We continually train and hone our skills to ensure we remain proficient enabling us to be prepared at a moment’s notice,” said an East Coast Based Navy SEAL. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William S. Parker/Released)

 

What Special Warfare Operators do:

• Conduct surgical military actions, while assigned to small tactical units with very unique capabilities.
• Conduct Direct Action and reconnaissance missions in support of Counter Terror Operations.
• All SEALS are trained to provide combat trauma medical support during all operations. However, SEAL trained Special Operations Medical Technicians receive additional specialized medical training.

Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB)

Special Warfare Boat Operators (SB) from Naval Special Warfare Boat Team (SBT) 12 make their way to a cargo ship to practice maritime visit, board, search, and seizure operations off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Kirsop/Released)

What Special Warfare Boat Operators do:

  • Collect information about enemy military installations and shipping traffic in coastal or riverine areas.
  • Insert/extract SEALS and other Special Operations personnel from a variety of NSW Boats.
  • Operate independently in small units to accomplish operational tasks.
  • Operate and maintain weapon systems, communications, electronics, small boats, and other equipment associated with SWCC missions.
  • Conduct direct action raids against enemy shipping and waterborne traffic.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Nathaniel Ghoens, from Boone, N.C., assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6, conducts proper explosive clearing techniques on a hazardous trip wire blocking the entrance of a staircase. “We are absolutely necessary to render safe hazardous devices during combat operations on land and at sea,” said Ghoens. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Hoskins/Released)

What Explosive Ordnance Disposal do:

• Perform “render safe” procedures on any type of ordnance including Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
• Conduct demolition of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics, and retrograde explosives using detonation and burning techniques.
• Perform underwater location, identification, render safe and recovery (or disposal) of foreign and domestic ordnance using SCUBA and specialized mixed gas diving equipment.
• Perform parachute/helicopter insertion operations in support of missions.
• Work with Naval Special Warfare, Army Special Forces and Joint Military and Coalition Task Forces.
• Support military and civilian law enforcement agencies.

Navy Diver  (ND)

Navy Diver 1st Class Rob Roloff, from Edmond, Okla., assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, performs maintenance on a transportable recompression chamber at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Sept. 19. “We keep the fleet floating,” said Roloff “We make sure ships can get underway on time and harbors are clear for them to pull in.” (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kay Savarese/Released)

What Navy Divers do:

• Perform underwater maintenance, including propeller changes and hull repair, on ships and submarines.
• Use diving equipment including scuba, and state-of-the-art surface supplied diving equipment and systems.
• Maintain and repair diving equipment and systems.
• Participate in research and development of new diving techniques/procedures.
• Underwater search and salvage operations.
• Act as Hyperbaric Chamber Operators, Inside Tenders and Supervisors.

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Learn more about all the enlisted ratings with our Owners and Operators Manual.

 

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