U.S. Navy SEALs
The U.S. Navy S.E.A.L.s (Sea-Air-Land) Teams trace their history to the first group of Naval Constructions Battalions in the spring of 1943. Their missions was to clear obstacles from the beaches witch were chosen for amphibious landings which began the first formally training of the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs). The NCDUs distinguished themselves at Utah and Omaha beaches in Normandy and in in Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs).
The newly formed UDTs saw action in every corner of the Pacific during WWII. In September 1950, the UDTs participated in the Korean War at Inchon, Wonsan, Iwon, and Chinnampo. The redeployment of the UN forces featured the UDTs conducting delaying operations using guerilla warfare.
In January 1962, the first S.E.A.L. Teams were commissioned to conduct unconventional warfare, counter-guerilla warfare and clandestine operation in maritime and the riveine environments. These Teams were S.E.A.L. Team One on the West Coast and S.E.A.L. Team Two on the East Coast. During Vietnam, the S.E.A.L.s complied an impressive record of combat success.
Since the close of Vietnam conflict, the ever-changing world situation and increased operational tasking have prompted the expansion of the S.E.A.L. in numbers, size and capabilities, To effectively respond to this evolutionary process, UDTs have been re-designated as S.E.A.L. or S.E.A.L. Deliver Vehicle (SDV) Teams. The Newly designated S.E.A.L. Teams acquired the S.E.A.L. mission and retained the amphibious support mission inherited from their UDT forefathers.
S.E.A.L. and S.E.A.L. Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Teams Special Boat Units comprise the elite combat units of Naval Special Warfare. These units are organized, trained and equipped to conduct special operations, unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense specialist are deployed worldwide in support of fleet and national operations. The world wide range of tasks performed by Naval Special Warfare and their outstanding combat records have earned and enduring and highly respected reputation.