The U.S. Navy officially announced Saturday (14 January) that it has been operating a commando-type?
The U.S. Navy officially announced Saturday (14 January) that it has been operating a commando-type unit, known as the "Seals", in Viet Nam and elsewhere in southeast Asia for the past three years. The unit was created in 1962.
It is similar to the U.S. Army's Special Forces, which is expert in guerilla activities. But there is one thing that distinguishes the Seals from their Army counterpart. They are all expert underwater demolition men.
To announce its existence in Viet Nam, the Navy had a "Seals" group stage a special demonstration for the news media near a secret base in South Viet Nam.
Besides being expert "frogmen", they are qualified parachutists and combat infantrymen. It takes about 30 months to train a "Seal."
They receive a considerable amount of extra money for their hazardous duty.
Their primary responsibility in Viet Nam is to gather intelligence, capture important prisoners and help in the rescue of downed U.S. pilots.
The Navy says more than 200 of these tough commando fighters are involved in the Viet Nam war. So far, they've suffered only very light casualties.