Navy SEALs are a highly specialized force that is adept at conducting clandestine sea, air and land operations. Their razor-sharp precision and uncompromising standards have made them a force to reckon with, and have earned them a legendary status amongst the various commando units of the world.
Herein, we will tell you about the inherent structure of the Navy SEAL Team.
A Navy SEAL Platoon is usually sent on a tactical mission and an officer with the rank of a Navy Lieutenant is usually in charge of the Platoon. A SEAL platoon, as a rule consists of 16 SEAL commandos and for various reasons can also be divided into 2 squads of 8 each or also into 4 elements.
At a very basic level SEAL teams are categorized into two groups, and both the groups being commanded by the Naval Special Warfare Command, which is stationed in California at NAB Coronado.
The CompositionA Navy SEALs team consists of three Task Units comprising of 40 men each. The elements that figure prominently in such a Task Unit are:
1. Task Unit Senior Enlisted
2. Task Unit Commander
3. Operations Officer also called a Targeting Officer
4. Chief Petty Officer or Operations Leading Officer
As aforementioned a Navy SEAL platoon consists of 16 men, which usually include:
1. 2 Officers
2. 14 SEALs
3. EOD Operators – 2 ( Sometimes)
The Splitting of the Task Units
For operational purposes each of the two Task Units are usually split into around eight teams, each comprising of 4 men. Inclusive of the large support staff the size of a SEAL Team including the Task Units comes to around 300 personnel.
A 16 men Navy SEAL platoon would be composed of the likes of an Officer in Charge, an Assistant Officer in Charge, a platoon Chief, and a Leading Petty Officer. The rest of the squad members belong to the bracket between E-6 to E-4. This means that a SEAL platoon would basically consist of 13 enlisted personnel, as well as, 3 officers.
The Core Abilities of the Task Unit
The Navy SEALs task unit is made of individuals who possess certain core skills. Some of them are:
2. Maritime Engineering
4. Air Support
5. Heavy Weapons Specialist
9. Explosives Expert
10. Air Operations Experts
… And many more
The Current Status of the SEAL Teams
As per the latest available information, the existence of eight Navy SEALs Teams has been confirmed. Moreover, these Navy SEAL teams can be deployed anywhere in the world and have the proven capability to strike swiftly and efficiently.
As can be seen all Navy SEALs team are perfectly composed of individuals who have special skills sets and as a group, they become invincible. A SEAL team is constructed using due forethought and at it core lies the idea that the team must be ready to tackle each and every eventuality.
This Article is written by James Kara Murat