United States Navy SEALs

The United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams, commonly known as Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy's primary special operations force and a component of the Naval Special Warfare Command. Among the SEALs' main functions are conducting small-unit special operation missions in maritime, jungle, urban, arctic, mountainous, and desert environments. SEALs are typically ordered to capture or to kill high level targets, or to gather intelligence behind enemy lines.[7]

United States Navy SEALs
Special Warfare insignia known as the "SEAL Trident"
Active1 January 1962 – present
(61 years)
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Navy
TypeSpecial operations force
Part of
Garrison/HQNaval Amphibious Base Coronado
Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek
Nickname(s)"Frogmen", "The Teams", "The Men with Green Faces"[1]
Motto(s)"The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday"[2] "It Pays To Be A Winner". "Never Out Of The Fight".

All active SEALs are members of the U.S. Navy.[11] The CIA's highly secretive and elite Special Operations Group (SOG) recruits operators from SEAL Teams,[12] with joint operations going back to the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War.[13] This cooperation still exists today, as evidenced by military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.[14][15]

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