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Sunday, February 20, 2011

SWCC - Excerpt

SWCC - Iraq - .50 Cal


SWCC teams conduct unconventional special operations.  To be exact:  they drive go-fast speedboats down narrow, winding rivers or open ocean, transporting SEALs to and from hostile situations and operating nearly every weapon with a trigger the military has to offer.
     And they do things that would make James Bond tremble at the knees.  When a call comes, a boat team can form up, put a 33-foot RHIB in the back of a C-17, fly half-way around the world to a hot zone, push the boat out of the plane into the ocean and then jump in after it, wearing parachutes, over enemy territory, with little or no notice.
     They use craft like the Mark FIVE (MK V), the RHIB and the Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R).  Way beyond any putt-putt fishing boat you may have seen growing up, these boats move, as noted in Jane's Fighting Ships -- "MISSION:  High speed, medium range, all weather insertion/extraction of Special Operations Forces, maritime interdiction operations, tactical swimmer operations, intelligence collection, operation deception, coastal patrol, and more."


Excerpt: AHM, Public Affairs Office, NSW Group 3, San Diego

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