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Histories for SEAL Team 5

Team Five History and Post 911 Restructuring
On May 1, 1983, U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) and Swimmer Delivery Vehicle Teams were re-designated as S.E.A.L. (Sea, Air and Land) Teams. Since this redesignation, UDT have personnel officially performed their missions as U.S. Navy SEALs. On April 16, 1987, the Naval Special Warfare Command was commissioned at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, California. Its mission is to train, prepare and equip Naval Special Warfare forces to carry out their assigned missions. SEAL Teams ONE, THREE and FIVE are based in Coronado, California. T In March of 2002 the Naval Special Warfare Command established two new SEAL teams and created new Naval Special Warfare (NSW) squadrons. The changes are key parts of a realignment plan known as NSW 21 that started more than two years ago. The two teams are--SEAL Team Seven based in Coronado, California, and SEAL Team Ten in Little Creek, Virginia. As a result of this restructuring all eight SEAL Teams now comprise six platoons, compared to eight platoons under the former structure. The geographic Area of Operation (AO) of SEAL Team Five includes; the Northern Pacific Rim, Far East, Africa/Middle East, and Eastern Block regions. SEAL Team FIVE deploys platoons to Naval Special Warfare Unit ONE in Guam, aboard amphibious ships deployed to Seventh, Fifth, and Third Fleets, and conducts DFTs throughout the Pacific and Central Theaters. SEAL Team Five history has been one of accomplishment and pride, and the men who lived it have given the TEAMS the undeniable prestige which they enjoy today.

Posted by Kevin James
Mar 21 2003 04:51:29:000PM

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