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This site organizes SEAL equipment and support vehicles under the elements that they are used in or on - Sea, Air, Land and the Armory.
Water is the SEAL's primary element. As soon as training commences, the sea becomes the home-away-from-home for the remainder of a SEALs military career. SEALs rarely have the opportunity to work in a warm, cozy, dry office - preferring instead to spend evenings on a cold, wet beach or riding the high seas in a zodiac.
The SEALS are trained to operate in a riverine or coastal environment. They depend on the water for cover, concealment and means of insertion and extraction. All SEALs are well aware of the protective quality the open water lends them. When trouble brews, they instinctually make for the open water. Very few adversaries would be foolish enough to follow a Navy SEAL into the water.
Surface craft, Submersibles and Open and Closed circuit underwater breathing apparatus are just a few of the specialized craft and equipment that the SEALs use to perform their waterborne missions. Not only do they have to be in top physical condition, but trained to a high enough level to utilize some very complex and technologically advanced equipment. The image of the Special Operations Soldier as a PhD in commando gear fits the Navy SEALs.
Parachuting is a versatile and highly effective method of insertion for the commando. The SEALs use this skill in all of its many manifestations: Low Altitude Static Line Jumps, High Altitude/Low Opening Freefall (HALO), High Altitude/High Opening Freefall (HAHO), as well as fastropeing, rappelling, SPIE Rig (Special Insertion/Extraction Rig) and numerous other tricks of the trade. The airdrop was first considered in 1962, when the SEALs were commissioned from the Navy UDTs. The accomplishments in this area are second to no other military service. Many SEALs boast over 1,000 freefall jumps. The Navy LeapFrogs is a demonstration parachute team comprised solely of experienced SEAL parachutists. The Navy SEALs truly earn the jump wings worn below the trident on their chest and embody the term "Death from Above."
Operating in the world's deserts, jungles, mountains and arctic regions require specialized training and equipment. The SEAL Teams operate with skill in all environments. Though they seek the familiar comfort of the ocean, a vast majority of SEAL missions have their targets on land near a body of water or river. Thus, SEALs must train in all the requisite land warfare skills and utilize dependable equipment to help them do their job. Land navigation, mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, Desert Patrol Vehicle Operations as well as skiing, snowshoing and other tactics for guerilla/anti-guerilla warfare demand an extensive array of high quality equipment to enhance the SEAL's land capability.
SEALs arrive by sea, land or air, and they pack a potent punch when they get there. Upon arrival the Operators use a variety of weapons and munitions to complete their tasks. Click here for a review of the standard SEAL weapons load-out.
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