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Feb. 27, 2024

Japanese Special Boat Unit, U.S. Naval Special Warfare Unit Conduct Join...

A West Coast-based U.S. Naval Special Warfare unit integrated with a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Special Boat Unit (SBU) to conduct joint training on navigation, communications, radar, and more from Feb. 15-17, 2024 at Naval Base

Feb. 14, 2024

Navy SEALs Forge Alliance with Cypriot Navy Underwater Demolition Team i...

In a constant demonstration of partnership in the Eastern Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) collaborated with Cypriot Navy Underwater Demolition Team (MYK)

Feb. 14, 2024

WEST 2024: Naval Special Warfare a Force Multiplier for the Fleet, Joint...

Rear Adm. Keith Davids, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), attended and participated in AFCEA-USNI WEST (WEST) 2024 conference, Feb. 13-15.

Feb. 6, 2024

From the “Silent Ones” of Vietnam to Today’s SWCC

Over the past six decades, Special Warfare Combat Crewmen (SWCC) have evolved into a sophisticated force. Their expertise spans operational tactics, logistical support, and administrative governance, managing NSW's fleet of agile small craft with

Jan. 22, 2024

Naval Special Warfare Releases Names of Lost Teammates at Sea

The search and rescue efforts to locate Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers and Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram concluded Jan. 21.

Jan. 5, 2024

Navy SEALs, Joint Force Conclude Training

West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare (NSW) operators recently concluded a joint training exercise focused on enhancing operational capabilities and partnerships, Dec.15.

Dec. 19, 2023

Nepali Army, U.S. Navy SEALS Strengthen Joint Partnership

A U.S. Navy SEAL Team conducted a joint training exchange alongside the Nepali Army and members of the Nepali Army Special Operations Force (SOF) Brigade near Kathmandu, Nepal from October 30 to November 6, 2023. The two-week training exchange

Dec. 13, 2023

Naval Special Warfare Enhances Allied Defense with Romanian Special Oper...

East-Coast based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) and the 164th Romanian Naval Special Operations Forces (ROUSOF) conducted training on maritime interdiction operations, special reconnaissance, and special operations tactics to enhance allied

Dec. 6, 2023

Indian MARCOS, U.S. Navy SEALS Conduct Joint Training Exchange

A U.S. Navy SEAL Team conducted a joint training exchange with the Indian Marine Commando Force (MARCOS) from Oct. 20 to Nov. 11, 2023.

Nov. 27, 2023

Navy SEAL Solomon 'Sol' Atkinson A Life Driven by Service, Native Heritage

Solomon ‘Sol’ Atkinson was born in Metlakatla, Alaska in 1930 and, as a Ts’msyen (Tsimshian) Native American he lived a purposeful life defined by both his Native American heritage and his service as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

Oct. 7, 2023

Naval Special Warfare Center Hosts AllTru Women Combat Veterans

On September 30, the Naval Special Warfare Center welcomed members of AllTru, a unique non-profit organization comprised of women combat veterans who have served alongside elite Special Operations units around the world. These women, alongside men

Sept. 29, 2023

Naval Special Warfare Initiates Random Performance Enhancing Drugs Testi...

In a decisive move to underscore the health, safety, and readiness of its force, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command is set to introduce incremental, random force-wide urinalysis testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), commencing as early as

Sept. 27, 2023

Suicide Prevention is an “All Hands on Deck” Evolution

Between 2017 and 2023, the Navy lost 452 active component sailors and 62 reserve component sailors to suicide. While our suicide rate is below the comparable civilian rate, we must and can do better. The Navy’s efforts must be robust, designed and

Sept. 26, 2023

NSWC Launches Suicide Prevention Training for NSW Spouses

Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) hosted its first suicide prevention training for spouses of west-coast based Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Sailors, at the Silver Strand Training Complex, Sept. 14.

Sept. 19, 2023

Sharpening the Warrior Spirit

In the realm of elite military training, U.S. Navy special operators have carved out a legendary reputation for pushing even the most formidable individuals past their known limits. These warriors embody qualities of mental resilience and unwavering

Sept. 8, 2023

Naval Special Warfare Interoperates with USS John P. Murtha in Bering Sea

East Coast based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) seamlessly integrated with USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) during Operation Polar Dagger, in the Alaskan Arctic region, demonstrating special operations forces capability to operate in austere

Sept. 7, 2023

NSWC Honored with DoD Suicide Prevention Recognition Award

Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) was formally recognized for its outstanding contributions to suicide prevention during the Department of Defense's annual Suicide Prevention Recognition ceremony Sept. 6.

Aug. 7, 2023

U.S. Navy SEALs, Australian Special Forces conclude Talisman Sabre 2023

U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) forces deployed in support of U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre from July 17 to August 3, 2023. NSW forces worked alongside Australian special operations forces (SOF) from

Aug. 7, 2023

SECNAV Names Future Navajo-Class Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ship Solomo...

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Carlos Del Toro announced today that a future Navajo-class Towing, Salvage, and Rescue (T-ATS) ship will be named in honor of Solomon Atkinson, a pioneering Navy SEAL and an Alaskan Native of the Metlakatla Indian

July 20, 2023

Navy SEALs Enhance Maritime Domain Dominance with Partner Forces in Colo...

East-Coast-Based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEAL) showcased their capabilities and strengthened international partnerships during their participation in the multinational exercise UNITAS 64. As part of the exercise, SEALs trained alongside

July 3, 2023

Naval Legend and Original Naval Commando Honored at SEAL Graduation

The indomitable spirit of Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Art Nicholas, one of the first naval commandos and a celebrated World War II veteran, was honored once again as Basic Training Command (BTC) paid tribute to him with a Trident presentation during

June 29, 2023

Naval Special Warfare Center Welcomes New Command Master Chief; First SW...

Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWCEN) welcomed CMDCM (SWCC) Joaquin Martinez as its newest command master chief, June 29.

June 24, 2023

Navy SEAL Military Working Dog Retires

A combat assault dog named ‘Chief Hutch’ retired from military service at Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story, June 24, 2023. Hutch, a Belgian Malinois trained to detect explosives and other dangerous materials, worked alongside naval special warfare

June 7, 2023

US Navy SEALs Conduct Nighttime Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation Training

East-coast based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) recently conducted a comprehensive training exercise focused on non-combatant emergency evacuation operations. The training, held at night, involved the use of simulated munitions to better

June 5, 2023

USSOCOM Commander Visits Naval Special Warfare Command, Validates Value ...

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) commander, Gen. Bryan Fenton, and senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Shorter, visited Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) and Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWCEN) June 2, underscoring the

May 29, 2023

NSW Commander Speaks at Coronado Memorial Day Service

Rear Adm. Keith B. Davids, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) delivered keynote remarks during the Coronado Memorial Day Service at Coronado Star Park, May 29.

May 15, 2023

Father of Naval Special Warfare Posthumously Awarded the Charles P. Gall...

Capt. Phil Bucklew, known as the “father” of Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and a Xavier University alumnus, was posthumously awarded the Charles P. Gallagher Leadership Medallion by the university, May 12.

May 2, 2023

Rare Retirement Ceremony Hosted at Naval Special Warfare Group Four

Naval Special Warfare Group Four (NSWG-4) hosted a rare dual retirement ceremony on March 16.

May 1, 2023

SEAL Team 5 Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The sun ascends over the horizon as military personnel make their way onto the compound at Silver Strand Training Complex. After catching their breath from a grueling morning workout, the bagpipes playing in the background orchestrate a calming

April 28, 2023

NSW Focuses on Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness and National Suicide Prevention Months are acknowledged each year during the months of April and September respectively. This month, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) is highlighting a Mental Health Awareness campaign that

April 15, 2023

FORCM Remarks: Coronado Salute to the Military Ball

Below is a transcript of Naval Special Warfare Command Force Master Chief, Walter Dittmar, remarks during the 37th annual Salute to the Military Ball, April 15 where the City’s military and civilian communities came together to celebrate and honor

April 6, 2023

Naval Special Warfare Operators Demonstrate Safety, Teamwork, Fitness to...

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) operators volunteered for a community relations (COMREL) event for Village Elementary School students at Coronado High School, Wednesday.

April 6, 2023

Dissecting the Bull Frog – Exploring an NSW Tradition

When the U.S. Navy established the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) during World War II, the heroic Sailors that we now know as Navy SEALs were commonly referred to as “Frogmen.” Today’s Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community pays homage to its

March 29, 2023

Naval Special Warfare commemorates Women’s History Month, honors women’s...

The Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community takes great pride in honoring its history and heritage, honoring the many servicemembers who have set the standard for today’s maritime special operations community. Today’s force stands upon the shoulders

March 22, 2023

NSW Units Receive Inaugural Battle "E"

Rear Adm. Keith B. Davids, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) announced the winners of NSW’s inaugural Battle Efficiency (“E”) award Jan. 19.

March 14, 2023

Prince of Brunei Visits Naval Special Warfare Units

His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei visits West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare units. The visit helps enhance the interoperability of the United States and Brunei’s special operations forces, enable an exchange of expertise, and build

March 2, 2023

An American Hero Turns 100

When Art Nicholas, one of the first naval commandos responsible for the formation of Naval Special Warfare was born, the U.S. president was Warren Harding and the Ottoman Empire had yet to fall. A non-exhaustive list of global events that have come

Feb. 23, 2023

U.S. Navy SEALs, Royal Thai Train Prior to Multinational Exercise Cobra ...

Naval Special Warfare forces deployed in support of U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific concluded a joint combined training exercise with Royal Thai Navy Special Warfare Command on Feb. 22.

Jan. 19, 2023

Silver Star Awarded to Naval Special Warfare Legend

A half-century ago, Lt. j.g. Thomas Richards, fighting through injury and exhaustion in the rice paddies of Vietnam, made repeated trips through enemy gunfire to rescue three injured SEAL Team One Zulu Platoon teammates. Nicknamed "The Hulk" for his

Dec. 22, 2022

NSW Forces Wrap Up SOF Engagement with Indian Navy Marine Commandos

Naval Special Warfare forces deployed to U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific concluded a joint combined training exercise with the Indian Navy Marine Commando Force on Dec. 22.

Dec. 19, 2022

Steel Knight 23

NSWG1/4 forces are participating in exercise Steel Knight 23 (SK23) throughout December to certify 1st Marine Regiment as the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Command Element and encourage experimentation in the expeditionary force.

Dec. 15, 2022

SWCC Crewmen Transit Apra Harbor

Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen transit Apra Harbor in a combatant craft medium to refine tactics that integrate Naval Special Warfare with fleet operations.

Dec. 9, 2022

Korean BILAT Training

A West Coast-based SEAL Team concluded a bilateral training engagement with the Republic of Korea Naval Special Warfare Flotilla on Dec. 9.

Nov. 16, 2022

Naval Special Warfare Strengthens Program for Former Candidates

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Center, responsible for preparing the next generation of elite maritime special operations commandos, is reinforcing and improving policies and processes for its Phoenix Division, a special department within the command

Nov. 10, 2022

Malabar 2022

Malabar 2022 enhances interoperability between Australian, Indian, Japanese and U.S. maritime forces, strengthening the critical partnerships, and demonstrates U.S. naval presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Nov. 10, 2022

A Legacy of Command: Navy SEAL Father-Son Duos Celebrate Special Boat Te...

A family tradition of service was on full display at the recent Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) change of command ceremony onboard Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Oct. 28. Cmdr. Jerry Weers relieved Cmdr. Brad Schoultz as the commanding officer

Nov. 3, 2022

From Salt and Sand: 60 Years of Navy SEALs

SEAL Team 1 welcomed frogmen of the past and present to celebrate 60 years of rich SEAL history in a ceremony at Silver Strand Training Complex on Oct. 29.

Oct. 27, 2022

Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Medical Supply Program Manager Receives Do...

Retired Chief Storekeeper Steven Elliott received the 2022 Department of Defense (DoD) Outstanding Employee/Service Member Annual Disability Award for his work as Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 1’s medical supply program manager.

Oct. 27, 2022

Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 93 Visits Naval Special Warfare Sa...

Forty business and community leaders visited Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 1 at the Silver Strand Training Complex in Coronado, Calif., on Oct. 27 for an immersive tour of Naval Special Warfare as part of the Joint Civilian Orientation

Oct. 21, 2022

NSWG-4 Commands at Stennis Space Center hold Chief “pinning” Ceremony

U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Group 4 commands, located at the John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi, recently recognized seven chief petty officers (CPO) in a formal pinning ceremony witnessed by a gathering of family, friends,

Oct. 19, 2022

The Pursuit of Diversity in Naval Special Warfare

Naval Special Warfare has been the nation’s premier maritime special operations force for 60 years—with a legacy dating to World War II—and to maintain that title, NSW leadership believes fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion is a critical

Oct. 18, 2022

NAVSCIATTS Proves Vital For Building Partnerships in The Western Hemisphere

At a 2015 Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) graduation ceremony, Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command at that time, encapsulated the importance of the school to the partner nations.

Aug. 19, 2022

Naval Special Warfare Command Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Rear Adm. Keith B. Davids relieved Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III as commander, Naval Special Warfare Command during a change of command ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Aug. 19.

Aug. 18, 2022

U.S. Naval Special Warfare Establishes Assessment Command

SAN DIEGO - U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command established Naval Special Warfare Assessment Command (NSWAC) under the Naval Special Warfare Center during an Aug. 18 ceremony onboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

July 20, 2022

Naval Special Warfare Pivots to New Deploy-for-Purpose Model

Earlier this summer, West-Coast based SEAL Team platoons used the Deploy-for-Purpose model to innovate simultaneously with new equipment and tactics to meet new threats and expand the United States’ national advantage in strategic competition.

July 1, 2022

NSW Hosts San Diego Padres Alumni Softball Game

CORONADO, Calif. -- Naval Special Warfare Command hosted a softball game featuring San Diego Padres’ alumni, Navy SEALs, Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman, and combat support personnel at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado June 30.

July 1, 2022

NSW Hosts San Diego Padres Alumni Softball Game

CORONADO, Calif. -- Naval Special Warfare Command hosted a softball game featuring San Diego Padres’ alumni, Navy SEALs, Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman, and combat support personnel at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado June 30.

April 28, 2022

TCC-1 Changes Command

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Tactical Communications Command (TCC) 1 held a change of command ceremony April 28.

April 22, 2022

Naval Special Warfare Command, Naval Personnel Command Visit NROTC Atlan...

Rear Adm. H.W. Howard, III, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) and Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey, Navy Personnel Command (NPC), visited Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Atlanta Consortium units, Mar. 22 at Morehouse College in

March 17, 2022

Looking to the Past: SEAL Team 7 Celebrates 20 Year Legacy

SEAL Team 7 celebrated their 20th anniversary at the Silver Strand Training Complex, March 17.

March 16, 2022

NSW Celebrates First Woman Commanding Officer

CORONADO, Calif. (March 16, 2022) In honor of Women’s History Month, Naval Special Warfare is celebrating Cmdr. Blythe Blakistone, who became the first woman to serve as a commanding officer of a Naval Special Warfare (NSW) unit when she took command

Feb. 15, 2022

Naval Special Warfare Medical Officer Recognized as Navy Physician Assis...

CORONADO, Calif. - Lt. Cmdr. Joe Kaleiohi was selected as the 2021 Navy Medicine’s Physician Assistant of the Year for his contributions as the deputy senior medical officer at Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 1.

Jan. 7, 2022

Naval Special Warfare Celebrates 60th Anniversary of SEAL Teams

SAN DIEGO and NORFOLK, Va. - Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) rang in the New Year with a celebration of their own as this month marks sixty years since the establishment of the first SEAL teams.

Nov. 22, 2021

Alaskan Native Solomon Atkinson: Family Man, Patriot and Countryman

SAN DIEGO – Alaskan Native Solomon Atkinson led an extraordinary life. He left his community and his career as a commercial fisherman to serve 22 years in the military and become one of the first U.S. Navy SEALs. A husband, father, mayor, veterans

Oct. 22, 2021

Vietnam-era Frogman receives Purple Heart

CORONADO, Calif. – For 51 years, Engineman 2nd Class (SEAL) Ray Smith Jr. has carried the memories of a mission in Vietnam on June 12, 1970. On October 7, 2021, Smith gained something new to remember his time serving on distant shores as a SEAL: a

Sept. 9, 2021

NSW Wraps Up SOF Phase of MALABAR with Partner Nations

SANTA RITA, GUAM (NNS) - U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW), Indian Navy Marine Commandos, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Special Boarding Units completed the special operations forces (SOF) phase of MALABAR 21 in Santa Rita, Guam, Sept.

July 26, 2021

Naval Special Warfare Center holds Change of Command Ceremony

CORONADO, Calif. – Capt. Bartley Randall, commodore, Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWCEN), was relieved by Capt. Brian Drechsler in a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, July 23.

June 8, 2021

Submariners, SEALS Join Forces on USS New Mexico

SOUDA BAY, Greece - Virginia-class submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) embarked members of the Navy Special Warfare community for scheduled interoperability exercises during a brief stop in Souda Bay June 4, 2021.

April 30, 2021

Two Medals of Honor, four generations of Navy SEALs at Class 342 graduation

CORONADO, Calif. - Thirty Navy SEAL candidates earned their Tridents during a graduation joined by extraordinary guests onboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, April 30, 2021.

April 1, 2021

MCPON Visits With Naval Special Warfare Command

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith traveled to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command as part of a visit to the San Diego region, Mar. 31.

May 4, 2020

Naval Special Warfare Center Resumes Portions of Paused SEAL and SWCC Tr...

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Center resumed two paused phases of its SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) selection-and-assessment training, May 4.

Nov. 18, 2019

Sailor Photographer Dives Into SCUBA Cert

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Perlman recently earned SCUBA diver qualification and the Navy Diver pin during a graduation ceremony at the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Florida.

Nov. 18, 2019

Retired SEALs, NSW Personnel Team Up for Tough Trek, Find Strength in "T...

A small tactical outfit of eight set out on the cold, early morning of November 8th, with more than 110 miles to travel in the next 30 hours. Naval Special Warfare personnel, including Special Operators, support personnel and retired SEALs took off

Jan. 26, 2019

USS Michael Monsoor commissioning ceremony honors legacy of Navy SEAL

The Navy’s newest Zumwalt-class destroyer, USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), was commissioned Jan. 26 at Naval Air Station North Island.

Dec. 6, 2018

Navy SEAL History: Part 2

Although not officially designated until 1962, from the beaches of Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam, SEALs have had a direct impact on history.

Oct. 14, 2015

Legalman promoted to honorary chief petty officer at NSW pinning ceremony

SAN DIEGO - Aundra Howard sat in the first of 12 long rows of folding chairs, his Navy uniform meticulously pressed, family members sitting on his left and right. Among the hu...