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Who Teaches SEAL Team 6 How To Fight?

Mark Thompson at Times Battleland Blog  February 2, 2012

The guys who got Osama bin Laden need boxing lessons. According to a contract solicitation issued Wednesday, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group – that’s SEAL Team 6, to us civilians – wants former special-forces types and other flying fists to school them in “combative training.”

Who’d have thunk the gang that got bin Laden would have to go outside their own tight circle to study pugilism? “Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) personnel conduct advanced research and development of tactics for use by Naval Special Warfare Forces,” it reads. “In order to successfully conduct this mission, they must be trained and prepared to conduct a diverse range of combat skills.”

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February 2, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Private Military Contractors | , , , | Leave a comment

Hostages Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted freed by U.S.Navy SEALS from Pirates in Somalia

U.S. Navy Seals free American and Dane hostages from pirates in Somalia after being kidnapped in October.

See Also Somali Pirates Demand 50m Kroner for Demining Workers

Malta Today January 25, 2012

An American and a Dane were rescued by U.S. helicopters after being held hostage by pirates in Somalia.

The two hostages were working for the Danish Demining Group (DDG), a refugee council, and were kidnapped in October in the semi-autonomous Galmudug region.

American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagen Thisted were rescued in a rare raid into the Horn of African nation by the helicopters in an attempt to free foreign captives.

Nine pirates were killed and five captured during the rescue operation according to Galmadug’s president, Mohamed Ahmed Alim who added that he was negotiating to secure the release of an American journalist kidnapped on Saturday.

Alim said attacks on pirate bases were very rare and thanked the U.S. for their intervention because pirates were considered the mafia in the region.

Two teams of U.S. Navy Seals landed by helicopter after a gun fight with the kidnappers and took the freed hostages to an undisclosed location

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January 25, 2012 Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Casualty List Afghanistan Chopper Crash 8/6/2011

We are updating as the families release their names

Photos of the Fallen

Click on each name to read their story

Aaron Carson Vaughn    SO1 SEAL

and here

John W Brown    USAF Tech Sgt Pararescue Medic

Robert James Reeves     Chief Petty Officer SOC SEAL

Lt. Commander Jonas Benton Kelsall    SEAL

and here

Jon Tumilson  OS2 SEAL

Kraig Vickers   Navy EOD

and here   and here

Kevin Houston  SO1 SEAL

and here

Chris Campbell   OS2Christopher Campbell SEAL

Spencer Duncan   Army Specialist 4 Door Gunner Bravo Company

Patrick Hamburger    Army Sgt Nebraska National Guard

and here

Michael Strange    Petty Officer First Class  Cryptologist CT

and here

Tommy Ratzlaff   SO1 SEAL

Matt Mills  Chief Petty Officer Stephan Mathew Mills SOC SEAL

and here    and here

Jason Workman  SO1 Petty Officer First Class SEAL

Nick Spehar   SO2 Nicholas Spehar SEAL

Matt Mason  Mathew Mason  SEAL

and here

Derek Benson  Darrik Benson SEAL

Brian Robert Bill    SOC SEAL

and here    here

Alexander Bennett  Army Specialist  Flight Mechanic

Bryan Nichols   Chief Warrant Officer 2  Pilot

Dan Zerbe   Daniel Zerbe Airman  E-5 Staff Sergeant Pararescue Medic

and here    and here

Lou Langlais    Master Chief Petty Officer  SEAL

John Douangdara  Master at Arms Petty Officer 1st Class Lead Dog Handler

Dave Carter   Chinook Pilot  Army National Guard

and here   and here

Army Aviator, Co Pilot, Colorado Guardsman, Name not yet announced

Jesse Pittman  SEAL

Heath Robinson

Nick Null  Navy EOD

and here   and here

Unnamed Navy SEAL from West Virginia

Jared William Day  Information Systems Technician First Class DEVGRU

Statement by Family of Jared William Day

John Weston Faas  Chief Petty Officer

Statement by Family of John Weston Faas

Andy Harvell Staff Sgt Combat Controller

Please send info or updates to dbacasualty@yahoo.com

And finally on August 11

Pentagon releases identities of  Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chinook Crash

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Va. Beach-based SEALs tasked with taking out bin Laden

VIRGINIA BEACH  The Virginian Pilot  May 3, 2011

The team of highly trained commandos who pulled off one of the most spectacularly successful special operations in modern military history – the killing of Osama bin Laden – was born out of a painful defeat.

An attempted helicopter rescue of 52 Americans being held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, in 1980 ended in failure and resulted in the deaths of eight American servicemen.

Out of that failed mission came the creation of SEAL Team 6, a Virginia Beach-based special-forces unit devoted exclusively to anti-terrorism operations.

It was a group of specially trained operatives from SEAL Team 6 that stormed a secret compound in Pakistan over the weekend and killed the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a daring nighttime raid.

“This is exactly the kind of mission that this kind of unit is maintained for: direct action against a terrorism target,” said Joseph Trevithick, a research associate at GlobalSecurity.org, a Northern Virginia-based think tank.

But don’t expect to see any victory parades or gala homecomings for those SEALs. Team 6 is one of the most secretive outfits in the entire U.S. military, Trevithick said. All of its operations are classified.

Even its name is hard to pin down. Even though it’s still commonly referred to as SEAL Team 6, it is now formally known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU for short. It is based at Oceana Naval Air Station’s Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach.

In addition to conducting anti-terrorism operations, DEVGRU also develops new warfighting tactics and tests special-warfare technology.

Navy spokesmen had no comment Monday on the bin Laden mission. SEALs are being told to keep the details to themselves.

The head of the Navy’s Special Warfare Command told his troops Monday that they should be proud but keep quiet about it. In an email message obtained by The Associated Press, Rear Adm. Ed Winters also cautioned that the fight is not over, and sharing too many details could endanger the next operation.

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May 3, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Pakistan | , , | Leave a comment