Renowned Warriors (01:53)
The role of Navy SEALS has changed from underwater demolition experts to high-tech combat elite. (Credits)
Dangerous Missions (06:46)
SEALS undergo grueling training to enable them to instantly adapt when missions go awry. In training and equipment, it is critical that SEALS are state-of-the-art.
Navy Seals Become Land-Based (07:48)
Soldier Draper Kauffman was transferred to the US Navy for his expertise in bombs. He transformed Navy construction battalions into hardcore demolition units (NCDU). In WWII, the NCDU blew up Hitler's beach obstructions so the Allies could land troops to liberate France.
Underwater Warfare (06:45)
The NCDU transferred to the Pacific, where US ships trying to take Japanese Islands were capsizing on coral reefs . The NCDU took underwater depth measurements and infiltrated enemy lines.
Atomic Bomb Ends WWII (07:04)
After WWII, U.S. troops and the demolition units were disbanded. The NCDU teams were not used until the Korean War. After the Korean War, the underwater demolition units were maintained.
First SEALS (07:18)
Admiral Arleigh Burke conceived the concept of unconventional warfare troops. The first SEALS were pulled from underwater demolition teams. Vietnam was the first time the SEALS and the CIA joined forces in covert operations.
SEALS in Vietnam (09:03)
The SEALS were sent to Vietnam to fight the Viet Cong, whose stronghold was in the Jungle Rivers. The SEALS' objective was to destroy the North's parallel government which was operating in South Vietnam.
SEALS Remain in Vietnam (10:00)
By 1973, most US troops had pulled out of Vietnam but some SEALS remained for covert missions. Many SEALS have received Medals of Honor for bravery in Vietnam.
Warfront Shifts to Middle East (08:55)
In the post-Vietnam era, military funding was reduced and the SEALs were disbanded. In 1980, President Carter approved funding for Special Forces to rescue 53 Americans being held hostage in Iran, and the SEAL teams were reborn.
Battle of Mogadishu (06:36)
Four SEALS were in Somalia when two downed U.S. helicopters and 99 servicemen were trapped by thousands of armed fighters. Working with the army, the men were rescued, and all four SEALS received silver medals.
September 11, 2001 (06:37)
The 9/11 terrorist attack transformed SEALS from a short-term reactive force to a long-term fighting force. SEAL training is done with live rockets and ammunition to force SEALS to think clearly under adversity.
SEALS Respond to 9/11 (09:16)
After 9/11, SEALS were sent to Kuwait to take down ships smuggling bombs. SEALS were the first to enter Afghanistan in search of al-Qaeda.
U.S. Invades Iraq
March, 2003 (08:39)
SEALS captured Iraq's southern oil supply in 45 minutes, allowing the U.S. to invade Iraq. In December 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. troops and Special Forces.
in Death (09:26)
SEAL teams worked for the first time with Army and Marine Corps in Ramadi, capital of al-Qaeda. Section 60 of the Arlington National Cemetery is reserved for Navy SEALS.
Osama Bin Laden Killed (06:58)
In May, 2011, SEALS flew stealth helicopters into Pakistan where they found and killed Osama bin Laden. Americans gathered outside the White House, at Ground Zero in New York, in Times Square and throughout the country to celebrate.
Credits: Navy SEALS: Their Untold Story (00:31)
Credits: Navy SEALS: Their Untold Story
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