Here is a summary of US Navy SEALs History Timeline:
* Summer 1941: Training began for units referred to as Amphibious Scouts and Raiders.
* Spring 1943: The first group of volunteers selected from the Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees).
* 1947: The Navy organized its first underwater offensive strike units.
* 1950 June – 1953 June: During the Korean Conflict, these Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) took part in the landing at Inchon as well as other missions including demolition raids on bridges and tunnels accessible from the water.
* 1960s: Each branch of the armed forces formed its own counterinsurgency force. The Navy used UDT personnel to form units called SEAL teams.
* 1961, May 25: President John F. Kennedy speaks before the U.S. Congress authorizing the establishment of the Navy SEALs.
* 1961 December: Navy SEALs are officially approved for operations via the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh Burke.
* 1962 January 1, 1300 hrs: SEAL Team ONE was commissioned in the Pacific Fleet and SEAL Team TWO in the Atlantic Fleet. These teams were developed to conduct unconventional warfare, counter-guerrilla warfare and clandestine operations.
* 1963: First Vietnam War-detachment of elements of SEAL Team One in Da Nang, Vietnam to serve under the command of the CIA Chief of Station
* 1964: SEALs became a component of the Commander-in-Chief (CINC) of Vietnams theatre forces.
* 1967: The Naval Operations Support Groups were renamed Naval Special Warfare Groups (NSWGs) as involvement increased in special operations.
* 1983: Existing UDTs were renamed as SEAL teams or SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams and the requirement for hydrographic reconnaissance and underwater demolition became SEAL missions.
* 1987: SEAL team SIX became DEVGRU (DEVelopment GRoUp).
* 1987-04-16: The Naval Special Warfare Command was commissioned at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego, California. Its mission is to prepare Naval Special Warfare forces to carry out their assigned missions and to develop special operations strategy, doctrine, and tactics.
* 2002 March; Operation Anaconda in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
* 2002; (Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines) -Captured/Killed key ASG Terrorist leader.
* 2003 March; participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq
Resources: Compiled from mainly sealchallenge.navy.mil and wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEALs
This Article is written by James Kara Murat