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A Salute to Our Honorable Fighting Navy SEAL–Facts You Likely Don’t Know

Interesting Facts About Navy SEALs

Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL, chased four men through four counties while armed with two 9mm Berettas because they killed his dog, DASY. – Source

Luttrell was the sole survivor of a US Navy SEAL team ambush by Taliban fighters. He was saved by members of the Sabray tribe under the Nanawatai principle of the Pashtunwali code which requires a tribe to safeguard an individual against his enemies at all costs. – Source

The original Navy SEAL Team 6 was formed after a failed Delta Force mission and was given its team number in order to confuse Soviet Intelligence as to how many teams there actually were (there were only 2 at that time). – Source

Bill Shepherd

Bill Shepherd, first US Navy SEAL that became a NASA Astronaut and first commander of the ISS, was asked what he does best in his astronaut candidate interview. He answered: “Kill people with a knife.” – Source

There was a Navy SEAL so elite that they created his own unit just for him. He kidnapped Admirals and infiltrated US military bases. His name was Richard Marcinko. – Source

Marcinko

During the Vietnam war, Navy SEAL teams One and Two amassed a combined kill/death ratio of 200:1. – Source

The brain of a Navy SEAL is trained to alter the way the amygdala processes fear. – Source

Navy SEALs that killed Bin Laden got stealth series flashlights as a ‘thank you’ from the company. – Source

The Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden were the same team that rescued the American captain held hostage by Somalian pirates in 2009 – Source

The runner up of the first ever Ironman was John Dubar, a US Navy SEAL. He was winning during the marathon until his support crew ran out of water and decided to give him beer instead – Source

During the funeral of Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor, every Navy SEAL on the West Coast came to the funeral, took off their golden trident off of their own uniform and slapped it onto his wooden coffin covering the whole coffin in golden tridents. – Source

The trident worn on the uniforms of Navy SEALs is officially designated as the “Special Warfare Insignia,” but is sometimes called the “Budweiser,” named in part for the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) course, the grueling twenty-five week special warfare school. The trident also has an uncanny resemblance to the Anheuser-Busch logo.

Navy SEAL Trident

An aerospace engineer attached to the Navy SEALS was charged in federal court for building a plane from scratch to “more easily visit his wife”. – Source

The Belgian Malinois is the preferred “war dog” of the Navy SEALs. They are highly trained special ops experts, even trained to operate a parachute, “jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water.” – Source

Chris Kyle, a sniper on the US Navy SEALs, eliminated so many enemies that Iraqi insurgents gave him the nickname “The Devil.” – Source

CHRIS KYLE

Navy SEALS make up less than 1% of all United States Navy personnel, but despite their small numbers they make a huge strategic impact on every operation of which they’re a part.

Because of the specialized training, SEALS can’t just do combat coming from the sea, but they’re trained in desert, urban and jungle conditions, and can handle explosives and jump from airplanes. They’re trained in every useful skill.

Though they’re trained in a variety of ways, Navy SEALS specialize in combat in surprise strikes from the sea as well as a secretive return to the sea. This allows them to strike and return clandestinely numerous times doing the most damage possible, and achieving aims that larger troops couldn’t manage without being noticed.

Navy SEAL Team 6

For $10,000 former Navy SEALs promise to teach you what they have learned for a week and then, if your skills are up to par, “unleash you on the most exciting and terrifying 36-hours of your life.” – Source

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