SEALs take their name from the elements in and from which they operate — Sea, Air, Land — and their equipment, vehicles and weaponry are chosen depending on the nature of the mission. Given the top-secret nature of many SEAL operations, some of this information remains classified. However, below are a few representing the types of high-tech tools of the trade you will employ if you are chosen to become a Navy SEAL.
Meet the next-generation naval crafts. The experimental Twin M hull vessel “Stiletto” could become a critical component of future SEALs missions. At 80 feet in length and designed for a speed of 50-60 knots, the vessel's fully loaded draft is a mere 3 feet. This would make the Stiletto an ideal craft to position SEALs during littoral or coastal zone operations.
Silent and shallow. Sailors assigned to Naval Special Clearance Team One prepare to enter the well deck aboard experimental boat ship “Stiletto” off the coast of San Diego during Exercise Howler.
The Stiletto’s patented M-shaped hull provides a stable, yet fast, platform for mounting electronic surveillance equipment or weapons, or for conducting special operations. The hull design does not require foils or lifting devices to achieve a smooth ride at high speeds in rough conditions. Its shallow draft means the M80 Stiletto can operate in riverine environments and potentially allows for beach landings.
Ridged Inflatable Boat (RIB)
The Ridged Inflatable Boat (RIB) is used by SEALs for insertion and extraction onto enemy occupied beaches. Extremely fast, this inflatable boat with a solid hull comes in two sizes – 24 and 30-foot versions – both stressing high buoyancy that can handle even the most extreme weather. The 30-foot model utilizes the water jet propulsion system, allowing for the beaching of the craft and close-to the-beach work if the SEAL platoon requires fire support.
SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV)
When swimming distance or equipment becomes a factor, SEALs have their own unique form of transportation: SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs).
Primarily attached to a nuclear-powered submarine, SDVs provide life support for the embarked SEALs. Earlier boats allowed each SEAL to plug into an onboard air source and were flooded during operations, but the next-generation, Advanced SEAL Delivery System carries the SEALs in a dry compartment. Each type of SDV is battery-powered and offers navigation and communications equipment in addition to the propulsion and life-support systems.