Friday, January 9, 2015

Navy SEAL and UDT history for January


Time to Jump Start the Year with some Navy SEAL and UDT History! 

Below is the UDT and SEAL history for January.

January 1, 1962
SEAL Teams 1 and 2  commissioned
January 2, 1991
SEALs help evacuate  embassy Somalia OP “Eastern Exit”
January 3 1996
SEALs weapons search Sava River area, Croatia
January 4, 1991
SEALs begin nightly recon of Kuwaiti coastline prep for Op Desert Storm
January 6,2002
On January 6, 2002, during Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-2003), SEALs were sent to the landlocked country of Afghanistan in search of Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists hiding in the caves of Zawar Kili. What was supposed to be a 12-hour mission turned into an eight-day mission.
January 7, 1945
UDTs lead 1st wave invasion of Luzon
January  8, 1962
SEAL TEAM 1and  SEAL TEAM 2 first muster
January  10, 1945
UDTs post-invasion recons  of Luzon
January 12, 1968
SEALs  ambush Cat Co Straight, Vietnam
January 13, 1962
UDT 22 re-commissioned
January 13, 2013
4th annual Tampa Bay Frogman Swim
January 14, 2002
SEALs start searching  into Zawarkil caves,  Afghanistan
January 14, 1962
SEAL TEAM 1 to Vietnam to determine NSW needs
January 15, 1969
UDT demos at  Bo De River, Vietnam
January 15, 2003

NSW in Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines

January 16, 1991
Operation  Desert Storm begins with air assaults
January 18, 1991
SEALs capture Iraqi oil platforms,  Op Desert Storm
 January 19, 1951
 UDT 1 attacked in Korea during survey op 
January 20, 1943
OSS Marine Section established.

January 21, 1964
SEALs in Vietnam 1st phase of OPLAN 34A.
January 21, 1970
UDT 12 - Kinnard led an assault that saved his men from being overrun by the VC. He killed an enemy officer in hand-to-hand combat & earned the Navy Cross
January 22, 1957
UDTs in Antarctic for Operation Deep Freeze II
January 23 1991
SEALs start deceptive recon display before Kuwait invasion,  Op Desert Storm
January 24, 1991
SEALs embed as advance group for the recapture  of Kuwait –Desert Storm
January 24, 1964
On January 24th, the Special Operations Group was formed with Colonel Clyde Russell as its commander and since it operated under the authority of MACV, this special group became known as MACVSOG or MACSOG. Later in 1964 the Special Operations Group was renamed the Studies and Observation Group to give it a more civilian sounding title but it was still called by the acronym MACSOG. Speaking generally, OPLAN 34A had four main responsibilities: to insert teams by airdrop, provide logistic support by air, conduct operations on the sea routes and engage in psychological warfare.  SEALs  were authorized for OP 34A missions in Vietnam
January 24, 1991
SEALs capture Kuwait islands &  gather intelligence Op Desert Storm
January 25, 1945
UDTs pre-invasion ops -Manila
January 25, 2012
SEALs free hostages  held in Somali
January 26, 1943
Ft. Pierce  commissioned as Training  Amphibious Warfare base   Allied Invasion experiences in Africa and the Pacific convinced US military leaders of the need for instruction in Amphibious Combat Techniques . Because of the protective barrier islands, running from Vero Beach to Port St. Lucie, located along the eastern Florida Atlantic Coast, Ft. Pierce was selected as an ideal location for Training in Amphibious Warfare . Low-lying sandy islands, narrow beaches, sand dunes and marshes were the ideal grounds for beach landing excercises . The Naval Base was commissionned January 26, 1943 under Capt. C. GULBRANSON, USN, and quickly became an important center of Amphibious Warfare . Navy personnel were trained in gunnery, boat and amphibious vehicle landing, beach supervision and salvage, reconnaissance and demolition . In anticipation of operations against heavily fortified and defended beaches in both Europe and the South Pacific, the Army and Navy formed the Joint Army-Navy Experimental & Testing Board (JANET) responsible for construction and destruction of beach fortifications replicating those found in the different theaters of the war, against which a series of different methods of demolition, destruction and detonation were experimented … it is here that the very first Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU) graduated in July 1943 . The Ft. Pierce United States Naval Amphibious Training Base (USNATB) was closed by the Navy in 1946 .
January 28, 1962
UDT/SEALs rescue survivors of Panamanian tanker
January 29, 1991
SEALs do Sand R of downed pilot in Persian Gulf
January 29, 1991
SEALs begin Maritime Ops  for Operation  Desert Storm
January 30, 1991
1st  combined SDVT1 and ; SEALs  op to search for Gulf mines Desert Storm
January 31, 1944
UDT 1 & 2 . 1st  combat mission and UDTs develop 1st swimming tactic to use in beach recons. They were to not to land on the shore but insert into the water from a boat, then swim into area for recon. 
January 31, 1968
SEALs lead defense of Chau Doc- Tet Offensive Vietnam
January 31, 1991
1st SEAL ground combat in Operation Desert Storm

Friday, December 12, 2014

U.S. Navy UDT and SEAL history for December

It's December and Santa says it's time for a Navy SEAL history post,

I can't be naughty (well as least on the net)  so I'm posting the below as Santa says!

December's UDT and SEAL history

Check out Dec 10th, and find out that the SEALs are awarded a Nobel Peace Price for Peace Keeping in Beirut.

Dec 1 1983 - SEAL Teams 3 and 8 commissioned

Dec 2, 1988 - 1st SEAL in space Capt William Shepherd - space shuttle mission STS-27

Dec 3.
 1966- SEALs in op Charleston, Vietnam
1968 - SEALs in op Bold Dragon IX- Rut Sat Zone, Vietnam

Dec 6
1968 - SEALs in Op Giant Slingshot, Mekong Vietnam
1992 - SEAL Team 1 recons beaches in Somalia, Op Restore Hope

Dec 7, 

1961 - SEALs officially approved to begin NSW operations

1971- last SEAL platoon departs Vietnam
1992 - SEALs recon harbor Mogadishu, Somalia

Dec 8, 1992 - SEALs scout landing zones for Op Restore Hope, Somalis

Dec 9, 1992 - SEALs with USMC move into Somalia, Op Restore Hope 

Dec 10

1957 - UDTs work on DEW line Support Systems in the Arctic zone
1988 - SEALs awarded Nobel Peace prize for work in Beirut Lebanon, part of Peace Keeping action

Dec 11, 1961 - NCO activates SEAL Team One and Two

Dec 14. 1943 - NCDUs 22 through 27 arrive in Falmouth England for train for Operation Neptune - D- Day

Dec 15

1943 - UDT 1 and 2 commissioned
1990- SEAL Team 6 arrive in Persian Gulf for mission to rescue US ambassador to Kuwait, held by the Iraqis

Dec 16

1965 - UDTSs assist in the recovery of Gemini 6 A crew and capsule
1989 - SEAL Curtis and wife abducted and tortured in Panama resulting in the start of Operation Just Cause

Dec 17

 1992 - SEALs survey harbors in Kismayu. Somalia
1995 - SEALs recon Sava River Croatia

Dec 18

 1914 - DOB Phil Bucklew aka the Father of Naval Special Warfare
1965 - UDTs assist in the recovery of Gemini 7 crew and capsule

Dec 19

 1972 - USTs assist in the recovery of Apollo 17 crew and capsule
1989 - SEALs in 1st mission Op Just Cause, Panama- secure Balboa harbor and canal zone.

Dec 20, 1989 - SEAL Team 4 combat mission at Patilla airfield, Panama - Op Just Cause

Dec 21

1966 - SEALs continue support Op Charleston, Vietnam
1989 - SEALs conduct securtiy Balboa harbor Panama

Dec 23, 1989 - SEALs defend merchant ship Emanual B. , Op Just Cause

Dec 24, 1950 - UDTs demos in Hungnam, Korea port facilities

Dec 25

 1943 - NCDUs 28, 29, and 30 arrive in Scotland, to reassign to Falmouth England for Op Neptune - D-Day
1989 - SEALs seize Noriega house in Panama

Dec 27

1961 - Navy issues directive for SEAL operation in Vietnam
1968 - UDTs assist in recovery of Apollo 8 crew and capsule

Dec 30, 1970 - Bob Hope does Christmas show for Navy at Long Binh, Vietnam

Dec 31, 1992 - SEALs in security mission for POTUS George H Bush's Somalis visit

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Navy SEAL and UDT history for October


It's October.

And time to Jump the Month with a Navy SEAL and UDT history post.

October general information.  

Why General?  Because I don't have the day in October but just information that the event occurred in October,

- 1942 - The  Amphibious Scouts and Raiders commissioned. The Scouts and Raiders mission was to identify and reconnoiter the objective beach, maintain a position on the designated beach prior to a landing and guide the assault waves to the landing beach.  The first group included Phil H, Bucklew aka the Father of Naval Special Warfare. 
-1950- UDTs support mine clearing operations in Wonsan  Harbor Korea 
 -2001- TF K-Bar, Afghanistan carried out over 40 Special Reconnaissance and Dorect Action missions in the South of Afghanistan between October 2001 and March 2002, with SEALs at the forefront of many operations.
-2012- SEAL Team Six aka DevGru name changed to classified name, not released to the public. 

October 1
-1968- SEALs off the coast of Vietnam in Operation Bold Dragon
-1980 - SEAL Team Six commissioned
-1983- SEAL Team Three established at NAB Coronado

October 2
-1945- UDTs buoy channel across Hai-Ho river in Taku, China
          - UDTs recon the Kure-Hiro naval station in West Honsho, Japan, in conjunction with advanced units of the 10th Army Corps and the Senior Beachmasters of Transon 16.
          -UDT 5 decommissioned
-1968- SEALs begin support Operation Bold Dragon conducted along the cost of the Mekong Delta on the South China Sea and on Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf of Thailand
         -SEALs conduct 2 separate operations in the RSSZ, Vietnam
-1969- SEALs and Kit Carsons kill chief tax extortionist off SEA Float, Vietnam

October 3
-1962- UDTs assist in the recovery of Mercury 8
-1966- SEALs in Na Be and Song Dua river operations, Vietnam
-1993- SEAL Team Six operators in the battle of Mogadishu, Somalia

October 4
-1993- SEALS secured Mogadishu, Somalia, pot battle

October 5
-1953- Special Service Unit No 1, the Amphibious Scouts, 7th Amphibious Force reconnaissance Gasmat, New Britain
-1990- SEALS recon beaches for Operation Sea Soldier - Desert Shield

October 6
-1968-SEALs w PRUs free Vietnamese held in POW camps
-1990- SEAL Captain William Shepherd in Space Shuttle Mission STS-41
-2012- newest destroyer type vessel, the USS Michael Murphy commissioned.  It's namesake is SEAL LT Michael Murphy who earned the Medal of Honor in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings.

October 7
-1945-UDTs recon alternate landing beaches on the SE side of Tsingtao, China
-2001- Operations Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, begins with air strikes and ship and submarine Tomahawk missile strikes

October 8
-1968- SEALs in start of Operation Sea Lords.  In Operation Sea Lords, the Navy's three major operating forces in Vietnam (TF 115,116, and 117) are brought together for the first time to stop the Vietcong's infiltration deep into South Vietnam's Mekong Delta. 

October 9
-1945- UDTs in Chefoo, China for harbor recon.
           - UDTs in Hakadate, Japan recon harbor.

October 10
-1950-UDTs begin harbor clearing at Wonson, Korea
-1969-Beach Jumper Unit 1 Team 13 deploys tactical deception of airborne drop at Thanh Phu, Vietnam
-Achille Lauro was taken over by renegade Palestinian fighters, Delta Force and SEALs prepare for a rescue attempt, and SEALs participate in the subsequent capture of some of the hijackers

October 11
-1945- UDT 25 assigned to aid Commander Kauffman in establishing the permanent Underwater Demolition Base at Naval Amphibious Base at Coronado, CA.
         - UDTs recon Mitushanna waterfront in Shikoku, Japan
-1969- SEALs in "false extract" op at Nha Be , Vietnam

October 12
-1950- Two U.S. mine demolition ships hit mines and sank. UDTs rescued 25 sailors.  

October 13
-1775- the Continental Congress establishes the Continental Navy which becomes the US Navy.  This date is the birthday of the US Navy. 
-1950- UDT William Gianotti conducts the 1st combat operation using an "aquqlung" when he dove on the USS Pledge (AM-277).
         - UDTs work in minefields, Wonson harbor Korea
-1961- CNO outlines organization of two proposed SEAL teams as the Navy Special Warfare programs begins to develop
-1969- UDTs and Kit Carson sweep Cua Long river near SEA Float, Vietnam

October 16
-1944- UDTs recon south beaches Leyte Gulf Philippines
-1967- SEAL Lt Gallagher injured by new type of weapon- booby trap genade
-1969- UDTs in S&D at Rach Boung River, Vietnam
-1998- NSWG2 dedicates Thomas Norris building. SEAL Norris earned the MOH in Vietnam

October 18
-1944-UDTs action on Leyte beaches, Phillipines in the Leyte Gulf campaign.  UDTs faced under heavy fire during reconnaissance and pre-assualt manuevers.  UDTs 8 sustained six casualties, with remaining members receiving wounds from enemy machine gun fire. All men in this operation receive purple hearts.

October 19
-1944- UDTs continue reconnaissance of Leyte Gulf beaches, Philippines
-1987- SEALs seize Iranian oil platforms in Operation Nimble Archer  

October 20
-1944-UDTs lead in the invasion of Leyte, Philippines.  UDT 10 sees General MacArthur and his staff wade ashore at Palo Beach, Leyte Island Philippines.
-1945- UDT 4, UDT 7, UDT 14, UDT 16, UDT 19, and UDT 30 decommissioned. 

October 21
-1944- UDTs post invasion operations, Leyte Philippines
-1969- UDT 12 demolitions around Sea Float Annex, Vietnam

October 22
-1968- SEALs assist in the recovery of Apollo 7 crew and capsule
-1992- SEAL Captain William Shepherd on Space Shuttle STS-52

October 23
-1983- Four SEALs from SEAL Team Six KIA as Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, West Indies, begins.
         - SEALs sent to Beirut, Lebanon to provide sniper support to the Marine Corps. They operate in continuous combat conditions for six months. 

October 24
-1962- SEALs in covert ops in Cuban missile crisis
-1983-SEALs recon beaches for pre-invasion of Grenada, West Indies

October 25
-1983- Vice Admiral Lyons proposes Red Cell unit to test Naval security
          - SEALs in missions on Grenada, West Indies

October 26
-1950- UDTs recon Wonson beaches, Korea 
-1969- UDTs demos at Song Ba Ben River, Vietnam
-1983-SEAL Team Six rescues Governor of Grenada

October 27
-1969- SEALs in "stay behind" operation at Bien Hoa River, Vietnam
-1983-SEAL Team Six Operations at radio station Grenada, West Indies
- 2010- SEALs: Kauffman, DelGuidice, and Boesch enrolled in the USSOCOM Hall of Honor 

October 28
-1945-UDTs recon, chart and remove obstructions for occupation forces on Sagami Wan, Aomori, Otaru harbors, Japan.
-1965-SEAL Cmdr Robert Fay is 1st SEAL killed in Vietnam, when his jeep is hit by mortor fie

October 29
-2008- SecNav announces the name of the newest Zumwalt-class Destroyer will be USS Michael Monsoor.  SEAL Monsoor earned the MOH in Iraq. See this link 

October 31
-1943- The first US Naval Combat Demolition Unit arrive in England for Operation Neptune.
-1972- SEAL Michael Thornton earns the MOH for actions in extraction of wounded intelligence patrol squad from enemy-occupied naval river base, Vietnam.  See this link -
-2000- SEAL Captain William Shepherd assumes 1st command of the International Space Station

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Navy SEAL and UDT History


It's September.

And time to Jump the Month with a Navy SEAL and UDT history post.

General September information, because the info I have,  does not have the day of September,  just the month and the year. 

September General Info-
In September 1942, 17 Navy salvage personnel arrived at ATB Little Creek, VA for a one week concentrated course on demolitions, explosives, cable cutting and commando raiding techniques.  On November  10th 1942, this FIRST Combat Demolition Unit succeeded in cutting a cable and net barrier across the Wadi Sebou River during Operation Torch in North Africa.  Their actions enabled the USS Dallas *DD-199) to traverse the river and insert Army Rangers, who proceeded to capture the Port Lyautry aerodrome.

September 1st
-1942- 1st Scout and Raider School classes arrive at Little Creek NAB
-1966- SEAL Teams ambush at Tac Bo River, Vietnam

September 2,
Annually - US remembrance of V-J Day, Victory Over Japan -
In 1945 on September 2nd, Japan signs the surrender document that officially ends WWII.

September 3, 2007 - SEALs guard Air Force One at Al-Asad AFB in Iraq.

September 4, 1945 - UDTs recon the harbors at Yokasuba Japan

September 5th
-1969- SEALs rescue Vietnamese families near Sea Float
-1970- SEALs liberate Vietnamese POWs

September 8, 1945, UDTs reconnaissance operation at Jinsen harbor, Korea.

September 9th
- 1945 - UDTs continue recon of East Coast of Japan from Honshu to Tokyo searching for suicide boats and explosives.
-1990- 2nd SEAL group of NSWG1 arrives in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield.

September 11th
-1943- September 11- 13th - Second group of Scouts and Raiders, code named Special Service Unit #1, in operations at Finschaffen, New Guinea
-1969- UDTs beach and underwater recon at Thuan Tihn, Island Vietnam

September 12th
-1944 - UDTs pre-invasion recon of beaches at Peleliu, Island, in the Carolina Island group.
-1960- The Unconventional Activities Working Group established by CNO to consider "naval unconventional warfare activity methods and concepts"  to be used against the Soviet Union in the cold war.
-1967- SEALs in Operation Crimson Tide in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

September 13th-19th, 1945 - UDTs piloted vessels through Jinsen harbor and its' anchorages, Korea.  Vessels were used to remove Japanese after their surrender of Korea.

September 14th
-1944 - UDTs recon Anguar Island beaches, an island in the the Palau Island Group.
-1945- UDTs recon Urarigi beaches near Sendai, Honshu Island Japan.
-1969- UDTs demos at Song Ong Doc, Vietnam

September 15th
-1944- UDTs post invasion demos, Anguar Island
-1944- UDT 14,  the first all Navy UDT founded
-1945- UDTs recon Yuriage beach, Japan
-1950- UDTs support Operation Chromite, the amphibious landing at Incheon, Korea.  UDT 1 and 3 provided personnel who went in ahead of the landing craft, scouting mud flats, marking low points in the channel, clearing fouled propellers, and searching for mines.  UDTs acted as wave-guides for the Marine landing.
-1966- UDT's assist in the recovery of Gemini 11 crew and capsule
-1969- UDTs demolitions at Song Thu Bon, Vietnam

September 16th
-1952- UDTs in Operation Fishnet, Korea
-1969- SEALs and Kit Carsons operation north of Sea Float, Vietnam
-1994 - SEALs recon invasion site at Cape Haiten, Haiti Operation Uphold Democracy

September 17,1945- UDTs destroy suicide boats and subs at Onahama, Japan

September 18, 2009- SEALs kill AQ group in Somalia - Operation Celestial Balance

September 20th
-1945- UDTS recon Sasebo harbor, Japan
-1962- SEAL MTT 4-63 arrives in Vietnam

September 21st
-1944- UDTs recon Falalop and Asor beaches on Ulithi Island.
-1945 - UDTs recon Aomori and Nagasaki harbors, Japan
-1987- SEALs destroy munitions cache during a VBSS of the Iranian ship Ajir.

September 22, 1945- UDT 6  recon Sakishima Gunto Islands, Japan

September 23, 1945 - UDTs survey bay at WakaYama, Japan, and UDTs search and destroy missions at Chosi Japan

September 24th
-1943- September 24 - Oct 5, Special Service Unit #1, the Amphibious Scouts, 7th Amphibous Forcs recons Cape of Bushing, New Britain.
-1945- UDTs recon Wakanoura Wan Osaki Wan, Japan

September 25
-1945- UDTs lead 1st wave of the 8th Army onto Amori beaches, Japan
-1973- UDTs and SEALs assist in the recovery of SkyLab 3 crew and capsule

September 26, 1944 - UDTs missions on Peleliu and Negesebus Islands and surrounding channels.

September 28th
-1945- UDTs recon at Niigata, Japan
-1968- September 28 - Oct 2, SEALs in Operation Bold Dragon VII and Bold Dragon VIII off the coast of South Vietnam.

September 29
-1945 - UDTs recon for occupation landings at Taku, Port of Tientsin, North China and recon mouth of Peking River.
-2006-  SEAL Michael Monsoor earns Medal of Honor, Ar Ramadi Iraq  see link for his citation -

September 30
-1945 - UDTs in operations at Hokaido Island, Japan.
-1945- UDTs investigate docks at Tientsin, China
-1969- UDTs demolitions at Lang Dong Island, Vietnam