The Navy SEAL Insignia

Posted September 17th, 2009 by Navy SEAL

“The Only Easy Day was Yesterday” – Navy SEAL Training Slogan

One strike – one kill!

Nothing comes closer to saying this than the Navy SEAL’s insignia. The US Navy SEAL is one of the elite Special Forces units of the US Military and each Navy SEAL team has their own insignia that depicts their strengths and area of expertise.

History of the Navy SEAL Insignia

The transformation from being a naval recruit to becoming a SEAL is extraordinary. But a true SEAL is one who is given the SEAL warfare insignia to wear with pride. The insignia or the SEAL Trident is at the heart of this Special Forces unit. The Navy SEAL insignia was first created in the 1960’s and was given to all those members of the US Navy who had successfully completed the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training followed by the completion of the SEAL Qualification Training and have then been designated to one of the U.S. Navy SEAL units.

It was in 1970 that the Department of US Navy authorized the use of the SEAL warfare insignia on SEAL service uniforms. The SEAL Trident is worn on the left breast of the SEAL or Navy uniform just above decorations and service ribbons. The SEAL insignia is used in the form of a gold metal pin for formal dress uniforms and as an embroidered patch for BDU’s (Battle Dress Uniform) and other camouflage uniforms.

There are three parts of the SEAL insignia and these symbolize the areas that Navy SEALs excel in —sea, air and land. Here is the representation of the Navy SEAL insignia:

TRIDENT-2
* The anchor and the trident: SEA
* The eagle: AIR
* The pistol: LAND

The pistol is cocked and this represents readiness for battle. The Eagle’s wings are spread wide and this represents for courage, and strength.

Navy SEAL Team Insignia’s

There are 9 Navy SEAL teams, each commanded by a Navy Commander and consist of multiple operational platoons. Each of the 9 Navy SEAL teams has their own insignia. Here is an insight into these insignias:

TEAM INSIGNIA DEPLOYMENT HEADQUARTERS INFO

SEAL TEAM 1

ST-1

Worldwide. Geographical focus area is Southeast Asia Coronado, CA Commissioned on January 1, 1962. Has 6 Platoons.

SEAL TEAM 2

ST-2

Worldwide. Geographical focus area is Europe Little Creek, Virginia Commissioned on January 1, 1962. The insignia shows parachute and a gun. Has 8 Platoons.

SEAL TEAM 3

ST-3

Worldwide. Geographical focus area is Southwest Asia. Coronado, CA The Insignia of SEAL Team 3 is the same as the SEAL warfare insignia. Has 6 Platoons.

SEAL TEAM 4

ST-4

Worldwide. Geographical focus area is South and Central America Little Creek, Virginia Their Slogan is Mal Ad Osteo meaning “Bad to the Bone”

The Insignia shows a Knife pointed at South and Central America. Has 6 Platoons.

SEAL TEAM 5

ST-5

Worldwide. Geographical focus area is Northern Pacific. Coronado, CA Has 6 Platoons.

SEAL TEAM 6

ST-6

Worldwide. Dam Neck, Virginia Dissolved in 1987. Had 8 Platoons.

SEAL TEAM 7

ST-7

Worldwide. Coronado, CA Has 6 Platoons.

SEAL TEAM 8

ST-8

Worldwide. Geographical focus area is Africa, Caribbean’s, and the Mediterranean Little Creek, Virginia Has 6 Platoons.

SEAL TEAM 10

ST-9

Worldwide. Little Creek, Virginia Has 6 Platoons.

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE

SDV-1

Worldwide. Pearl Harbor, HI The insignia shows a SEAL in an amphibious vehicle. Has 4 Platoons.


3 Responses to “The Navy SEAL Insignia”

  1. Steven L. McArthur

    I’m confused, In the Seal Team insignia section you give the explanation of the Seal Team 6 as being dissolved in 1987 yet they are carrying out special OPS as we speak and they are the team that took down Bin Laden as was reported. Was it not Seal Team 6 that lost several of it’s Warriors in a Helli incident in Afghanistan just recently? I would like to know if Seal Team 6 still has 8 platoons and any information about them that will not jeopardise their OPS or well being.

  2. English Collector

    I have several different cape colours and variants on the ST1 patch shown… do they represent platoons or is this just a whim as to who commissions each patch run? any idea what the original 1960’s colour was… purple? ST2 I have the patch shown above, but also another ST2 one used a lot in the 80’s… when did the change over occur and any idea why? ST5 likewise, I have the setting sun on UDT11 version, but also the budweiser on the Roman Numeral V… any idea when and why the changover? If you know of any serious collectors who can assist with these queries, I’d be grateful. DG (England)

  3. Dennis Conner

    Seal Team 6 is still i operation. It was in fact Team 6 who shot the pirates after the captain seige, and Team 6 who took out Osama Bin Laden.

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