This post is going to pull together some of the facts I have presented about the US Navy SEAls over the last few weeks, and summarise much of the information. But first of all I want to give you a link to a website that I have found to be of immense interest whilst writing these Navy SEAL blog entries. The website in question belongs the the United States Navy
, and has been of great use to me.
OK, so now on to the fun, what have we learned about the seals over the last few weeks? Well, initially we discovered that a US Navy SEAL must undergo a huge amount of incredibly tough training, including the aptly named Hell Week, I have to say straight out, that I do not know of a single person in my circle of friends who would be able to complete such training, I really think the people who become SEALs are exceptional, and deserve much respect.
We also discovered that not only are SEALs trained to the extreme, but that their equipment is extremely important to them, I have discussed how a SEAL on active duty will separate his equipment into four levels, the lower the level the more important it is to him. We have also taken a much closer look at a couple of weapons the Navy SEALs favour, the Heckler & Koch
MK 23 MOD 0 .45 cal offensive handgun and the Colt M4A1 Carbine
, both of which are extremely effective. As well as personal equipment, we also checked out the Advanced Seal Delivery Vehicle, that incredible little submarine used to deliver a SEAL team to it’s mission goal.
We have taken a detailed look at the diving equipment used by a SEAL team, and discovered that it is in fact, not much different from high quality dive kit used by recreational and sports divers in the civilian world. We have also learned some of the dive methods that a SEAL will need to learn in order to become an active SEAL.
Alongside the water borne operations, SEALs also use helicopters and aircraft to reach a target area, and we have explored the ways in which SEALs use both parachutes and ropes to drop from the skies. Alongside all this action, we have come to realise that SEALs also make some of the best snipers in the US military, and have seen video evidence to support this claim.
We have also learned a lot about what it is like to actually be a SEAL, we have checked out their creed and learned that their officers are trained right alongside their men. On a lighter note, we have come to realise that a US Navy SEAL can actually beat a chimpanzee in a race, and that they like to spit in combat boots that belong to the Green Berets.
So there we have it, a quick synopsis of the story so far…