June 29, 2013

Navy SEALs From Seal Team Six Killed In Helicopter Attack

31 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALs from the SEAL Team Six unit that killed Osama bin Laden, were killed in a Taliban rocket attack on an Army Chinook CH-47F helicopter in the Tangi valley of the Wardak province of eastern Afghanistan on Saturday.


U.S. military officials have confirmed the attack, and that the 22 Navy SEALs who died in the attack were from the Seal Team Six unit, but were not the same men that were part of the Osama bin Laden raid.

The UK Daily Mail is reporting that a crew from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment was piloting the helicopter, which included the 22 U.S. Navy SEALs, three U.S. Air Force air controllers, seven Afghan troops, a combat canine and his handler, a civilian interpreter, and the helicopter crew.

More information will be posted as it comes in.

FULL STORY UPDATE:

A helicopter has been brought down in a rocket attack in Afghanistan, killing 31 Americans. It was reportedly shot down by insurgents using a rocket propelled grenade; the Taliban have claimed responsibility. It is the highest number of US casualties in a single incident since the war began. A total of 38 people were on board the CH-47F Chinook helicopter.

Among those lost were as many as 25 Navy SEALs from SEAL Team Six – the unit that was responsible for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May. The helicopter, which was flown by a 5 member crew from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, was reportedly carrying up to 25 Navy SEALs, 7 Afghan Army troops, an interpreter and a dog.

The Special Operations Troops were returning from a night raid on the village of Jaw-e-mekh Zareen, west of Kabul, where they had been involved in a two-hour fire fight. They were reportedly on a mission to rescue a team of military personnel who were engaged in a battle with insurgents. The helicopter was fired on, and crashed in the Sayd Abad district of Wardak province, an area known for a strong Taliban presence.

President Obama was notified of the incident while at Camp David, and issued the following statement:

“Their deaths are a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and their families, including all who have served in Afghanistan. We will draw inspiration from their lives, and continue the work of securing our country and standing up for the values that they embodied.”

With these deaths, the total number of coalition troops killed in Afghanistan this year stands at 334. With the Afghan war reaching its 10th anniversary in October, an estimated 2,655 coalition troops have lost their lives in total. The deaths come as NATO is in the process of drawing down and handing control to Afghan forces.

The office of Afghanistan President Karzai issued a statement saying: “A NATO helicopter crashed last night in Wardak province. President Karzai expressed his deep condolences because of this incident and expressed his sympathy to President Obama.”

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Seattle Fleet Week 2011

Seattle Fleet Week is right around the corner, as part of the Seafair celebrations, and there are tons of awesome events planned for Seattle as the U.S. Navy docks into port and Sailors disembark for a week of shore leave.


Seattle Fleet Week is huge part of the Seafair festivities, and an incredible event in its own right, and is a Seattle tradition.  Sailors from the Navy ships, USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Chafee, and USS Sampson, as well as US Coast Guard and Canadian Navy ships that dock for Fleet Week will fan out across the city to take advantage of all the excitement that Seattle has to offer, and Seattle residents get to go on ship tours, see great demonstrations, air shows, performances and other fun activities.

Seattle Fleet Week 2011

Seattle Fleet Week 2011

Photo Credit:  US Navy Flickr Page

Seattle Fleet Week 2011 Dates

Seattle Fleet Week lasts from Sunday July 31, 2011 to Monday August 8, 2011.

As always, Seattle Fleet Week coincides with the Seattle Seafair, and includes the Seafair Fleet Week Parade of Ships.

Ships and Ship Tours

The ships that will be here for Seattle Fleet Week, and open for ship tours, include:

US Navy

US Coast Guard

  • USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717)

Canadian Navy

  • HMCS Whitehorse (NCSM 705)
  • HMCS Nanaimo (NCSM 702)

Seattle Fleet Week Ship Tour Schedule

Ship Tours – Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7
  • Thursday, August 4 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Friday, August 5 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Sunday, August 7 – Noon to 3:30 pm
Ship tours are free.

Seattle Fleet Week Seafair Parade of Ships

  • Date:  Wednesday August 3, 2011
  • Time:  1:45PM
  • Location:  Seattle Waterfront

Demonstrations and other activities include:

  • Blue Angels Airshow
  • Ship Tours
  • Navy Band performances
  • Leap Frog Parachute Demonstration
  • Navy Suburban Tour
  • Navy Simulator

Boeing Air Show With US Navy Blue Angels

Seattle Fleet Week, Seafair, and Boeing are celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation with an air show including the US Navy Blue Angels.

For the air show schedule, visit:  Boeing Airshow at Seafair

Leap Frog Parachute Demonstration

The Leap Frogs are the US Navy parachute demonstration team, and is made up of members of the elite Navy SEALs and includes both Navy SEAL and SWCC special ops members.  The Navy SEALs are the elite forces that are responsible for killing Osama bin Laden.  While these aren’t the same SEALs in SEAL Team Six – you can still come out and meet a real-life Navy SEAL and give them props for what they’re doing.

Seattle Fleet Week 2011 Location

All of the ships will be docked at the Port of Seattle facilities Terminal 25, Terminal 46N and Pier 66.

Seattle Fleet Week 2011 Map and Directions

Directions to Terminal 25

Directions Terminal 46N

Directions to Pier 66

For more information about Seattle Fleet Week 2011:

Seattle Fleet Week Official Site

Seattle Seafair Site

US Navy Blue Angels

LA Navy Week 2011

LA Navy Week is here, and there are lots of great activities in store for everyone as the U.S. Navy rolls into port and Sailors disembark for a week of shore leave.


Called Fleet Week in other cities, LA Navy Week is when some of the Navy fleet comes home for some well deserved R&R, and is a chance for the Sailors to relax after a long deployment – but for Los Angeles area residents this is a great time to tour some of the Navy’s great warships, learn about what the Navy has been up to, and see demonstrations of our Navy in action.

Los Angeles Navy Week 2011

USS Abraham Lincoln arrives in Los Angeles for LA Navy Week 2011. (Nav.mil file photo)

LA Navy Week 2011 Dates

LA Navy Week lasts from Monday July 25, 2011 to Sunday July 31, 2011.

This year’s LA Navy Week coincides with the exciting ESPN Summer X-Games 2011, like in years past.

Ships and Ship Tours

The Navy ships that will be here for LA Navy Week, and open for ship tours, include:

  • USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN-72, Aircraft Carrier
  • USS Princeton, CG 59, Cruiser
  • USS Chafee, DDG 90, Destroyer
  • USS Champion, MCM 4, Mine Counter Measures

Demonstrations and other activities include:

  • Ship Tours
  • Navy Band performances
  • Leap Frog Parachute Demonstration
  • Navy Suburban Tour
  • Navy Simulator

Leap Frog Parachute Demonstration

The Leap Frogs are the US Navy parachute demonstration team, and is made up of members of the elite Navy SEALs and includes both Navy SEAL and SWCC special ops members.  The Navy SEALs are the elite forces that are responsible for killing Osama bin Laden.  While these aren’t the same SEALs in SEAL Team Six – you can still come out and meet a real-life Navy SEAL and give them props for what they’re doing.

LA Navy Week 2011 Location

All of the ships will be docked at the Los Angeles World Cruise Center, located at Harbor Blvd. and 1st Street in San Pedro.

LA Navy Week 2011 Map and Directions


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For More Information:

LA Navy Week Official Site

LA Navy Week Activities

USS Abraham Lincoln Arrives in Los Angeles for LA Navy Week

Los Angeles Navy Week 2011 Ship Tour Schedule

Navy SEAL Movie

“The strongest, toughest guy I know is my cousin Tim; a big burly Irish brawler that doesn’t take “”No”" for an answer. A few years back, he went through NAVY Seal BUD/S orientation – twice. He rang out – twice. He said it was the hardest thing he had ever done. He is now an LAPD SWAT team member.

Navy SEAL Movie

Becoming a Navy SEAL is not just about being strong; though just to get in, one must swim 1000 meters in 20 minutes, run 4 miles in 31 minutes or less, do 70 pushups in 2 minutes, 60 situps in 2 minutes. And that’s just the beginning of a really tough 24 week program designed to weed out many and toughen those that remain. Becoming a Navy SEAL is about an inner toughness and heart that separates those with true internal strength from the others. Out of about 1000 candidates that start BUD/S training every year, only about 20% complete it. There is a saying on the SEALS website. “It’s not about winning; it’s about not quitting.”

What makes a Navy SEAL special beyond his strength and military training is his willingness to always put the team and the mission first. A SEAL chooses not to stand out or look for recognition, rather to blend into the background unless called to lead.

The Navy SEALS Ethos reads, in part:

“My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day. My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own. I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.”

Hollywood has always had the tendency to make macho type movies about the military. There are two in the works now on the SEALS. One, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow called “Kill Bin Laden” and the other, “Act of Valor”. Let us hope that Hollywood can do justice to the SEALS this time. They certainly deserve it.|”

Navy SEAL Dog Used in Raid to Kill Osama bin Laden

A Navy SEAL dog was used in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

While we have learned a great deal of information about the gear, vehicles, tech – and even some of the tactics that the Navy SEAL Team Six used in their raid, we are only now learning that they had a four-legged member of their team along for the mission.

While the exact breed of the Navy SEAL dog is not known, many experts believe that it is either a Belgian Malinois or a German Shepherd Dog.

Navy SEAL Dog

A Navy SEAL dog was part of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Believed to be either a belgian malinois or a german shepherd dog.

We know that the dog fast-roped out of the helicopter attached to one of the SEALs, and that these Navy SEAL dogs have even done parachute jumps as well.

Also, the dog was equipped with special vest or body suit that had special equipment and accessories attached to it, like a video camera to provide forward surveillance to the SEAL team – in a sense the SEAL could see what the Navy SEAL dog was able to see.

There have been rumors that these special-ops dogs also were outfitted with titanium teeth, allowing them to rip through body armor.

Beyond the sheer ferocity of a dog like this, they are trained for invaluable tasks in a special operation like this.  This SEAL dog was probably used to track Osama bin Laden, and lead the SEAL Team Six members to him as quickly as possible.

For more info:  New York Times article

More info about the Belgian Malinois.

More info about German Shepherd Dogs.

Military Working Dogs/K9 in the Navy

Osama Bin Laden Killed by Navy Seal Team Six

Osama Bin Laden has been killed by members of the Navy Seal Team Six, the elite U.S. Navy Special Warfare Development Group, the LA Times is reporting, as well as many other media outlets, along with confirmation from the White House and public announcement by President Obama.

Osama Bin Laden killed by members of Navy Seal Team Six in daring clandestine raid.

Patch of the Navy Seal Team Six. There are wide media reports that Osama Bin Laden was killed by members of Navy Seal Team Six in daring clandestine raid.

Osama Bin Laden was reported to be hiding out in a heavily fortified compound in the town of Abbottabad, Pakistan, a garrison town.

Members of the elite special forces team, under the command of the Central Intelligence Agency, raided the compound in a precision mission that included the downing and subsequent demolition of a U.S. helicopter, a 40 minute firefight, and the eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden in that same gunfight.

NavyHandbook.org salutes all those involved in the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden, and we pay tribute to all those who have fought bravely against his campaign of evil and hatred.

US Navy Ships Attack Libya

US Navy ships are part of the UN coalition attack on Libya to enact and enforce a no-fly-zone in Libya, according to the LA Times.

Navy Strike Against Libya Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

The UN coalition includes forces from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada.  The coalition also includes Arab states, who will be announcing their participation separately, according to the Pentagon.

While US Navy officials stated earlier in the week that Navy ships and personnel would not play a major role in any military action in Libya, but Pentagon officials have stated that US warships have launched approximately 110 tomahawk cruise missiles as a part of the attack.

Bloomberg is reporting that over 25 naval vessels from the U.S., Italy, and Canada are involved in what is being called ‘Operation Odyssey Dawn’.

U.S. Ships include the USS Mount Whitney, which is operating as a command vessel.

While only air and missile strikes have been confirmed, it is not clear whether Navy Seals are involved in this operation, or if ground troops will be used at all.

Learn About The Navy Seals

US Navy’s special operation force is known as “Seals” which stands for sea, air and land. It literally denotes the areas where this elite force can operate. Spectrum of capabilities that they possess range from beach defenses, destroying enemy ships and other installations to inflicting sudden and deadly attacks on enemy troops. Historically, Seals are operative since World War II as they were known as Amphibious Scouts and Raiders then. During that war the personnel of this unit gained the reputation of being a multi-purpose destructive force. In the year 1961 President J. F Kennedy officially inaugurated the US Navy Seals. In the paragraphs below, we are going to tell you more about this group.

All those who want to join this unit have to go through a rigorous six months training called Basic Underwater Demolition. The ratio of those who pass through this grueling phase is very low as this is a true test of endurance, strength and so many other features that a candidate has to demonstrate.

Those lucky few who manage to get into this elite force are used in highly specialized, surgical, precise and deadly missions. In the modern day warfare scenario they are highly suited for use in anti terrorism, special reconnaissance, intel collection, direct strikes, unconventional combat, along side a lot of other types of missions.

Operational capabilities of the Navy Seals are enhanced to suit all types of areas and situations like, forests, mountains, sea, extreme weathers of areas like arctic and tropics and so many other regions. So these tough guys are ready to take on anything, anywhere.

Despite their destructive capabilities, Seals are trained to avoid incalculable risks and violence as they are a well trained and educated group of men. Inculcating such an attitude in the personnel of this unit requires maintaining a highly balanced attitude.

So apart from their tough routines, they have to abjure frequent socialization to maintain a reserve and focused approach. Candidates who are specially suited to maintain this attitude are selected in the first place, as in order to obtain excellence only that feature of a personality could be groomed that already exists.

Seals actual wartime successful missions are numerous but for a very long time they could not be recognized as a special force. This often marred their efficacy and utility to a greater extent. Like in 1983 tension between the US and Grenada compelled the US to invade the island in order to rescue the US citizens living there.

SEAL Teams named as, 4 (Four) and 6 (Six) were designated the task to operate alongside the US forces. Unfortunately conventional officers treated Seals attached to them to assist in the mission as just another military force. Holdup in an airborne operation became cause of four members death. However, whenever used as a special force, Navy Seals came up to the expectations and achieved the desired results, as in Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite the stories of mixed success and failure, Navy Seals services in Vietnam, Grenada and Panama and other so many troubled zones cannot be undermined, whatsoever.

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For more information, visit http://www.usnavyseals.org/

More Information On The Navy SEALs

One very interesting department of the U.S. Navy is the Navy SEALs. This stands for Navy sea, air, and land teams. They are the major special operations force for the Navy. All member of the SEALs are male. The Seals came about during World War II when the military noted that they needed soldiers to scout the beaches for any obstacles for their proper landing.

Us Navy Seals

The training to become a Seal is very rigorous. It is one of the toughest military trainings in the world. Most people do not make it through the training with a drop out rate up to 90 percent. The program is over one year long of intense training. They are given the title SEAL after successful completion. However, once they have successfully finished, it can take as long as 30 months before they are sent on their first deployment.

To enter this program is voluntary. The enlistee or officer must be a U.S. citizen. Their age must range between 18 to 28. They must pass a SEAL physical test, and the person must be male with no exception.

The SEAL physical test consists of the following. The first thing that they must pass is a swim test with a breast stroke of five hundred yards in less than twelve and a half minutes. Competitive times are less than ten minutes. Forty-two push ups must be done in two minutes. Sit ups should be around fifty in two minutes.

To break down the actual SEAL training, enlisted men must complete between five to thirteen weeks of Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School. Half a year of Basic Underwater Demolition SEALS (BUDS)follows in Coronado. Finally, four months qualification training occurs.

There have been many assignments given to these soldiers. There are examples from each conflict that have put their expertise to use including Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the current wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. More detailed information on their work in these wars can be searched online.

To find out more on how to become a SEAL, one can look at certain sites including those of the Navy. This will include contact information on a recruiter locally. Enlisted personnel can seek information from their superiors or at offices on their base. They would be more than happy to find new recruits for this very rigorous program.

Becoming a Navy SEAL is one that any graduate can be proud of as only a few people in the world ever attain the excellence that a program like this requires. They handle some of the most difficult cases in combat and in the military, in general. One should look up all of the requirements to become a part of the SEAL program. One should also get details on the specifics of the program before signing up to make sure that this is the right direction to go in. There are many areas to work in in the military, and this can be very grueling. However, some people were made for this challenge.

Find more information,visit http://www.sealchallenge.navy.mil/seal/buds.aspx