SEA, AIR, LAND (SEAL)
The SEAL team is the heart of the NSW force; a multipurpose combat force organized and trained to conduct a variety of special operations missions in all environments. SEALs conduct clandestine missions infiltrating their objective areas by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, Navy surface ships, combatant craft, submarines and ground mobility vehicles.
SPECIAL WARFARE COMBATANT-CRAFT CREWMAN (SWCC)
Special Boat Teams are manned by Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen who operate and maintain state-of-the-art surface craft to conduct coastal patrol and interdiction and support special operations missions. Focusing on infiltration and exfiltration of SEALs and other SOF, SWCCs provide dedicated rapid mobility in shallow water areas where larger ships cannot operate. They also bring to the table a unique SOF capability: Maritime Combatant Craft Aerial Delivery System — the ability to deliver combat craft via parachute drop.
COMBAT SUPPORT (CS) AND COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT (CSS)
If SEALs and SWCC are considered to be the action arms of NSW, then the CS/CSS are the backbone of the organization. SEALs rely heavily on the services of technicians such as mobile communications teams, tactical cryptologic support and explosive ordnance disposal specialists. CS/CSS teammates contribute heavily toward the success of the special warfare operations mission.
THE DEED IS ALL – NOT THE GLORY
“Naval Special Warfare's grit and gallantry – our Ethos reflected in our deeds – are powerful testimony to the attributes of a highly reliable, bold and resolute team – testimony to the team and individual attributes we relentlessly develop and reinforce – the attributes that make possible the incredibly complex and high-risk operations our Nation asks of us. We demand individual, unit, and community accountability to uphold our standard. We are fearless in acknowledging and owning our failures. It’s our obligation to uphold the legacy of the heroes that have gone before, even as we strive to improve upon it.” – Rear Admiral H.W. Howard III, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command