Navy SEALS are the world's most elite band of Special Operations warriors. Named after the environments in which they operate — the SEa, Air and Land — their daring missions and courageous successes are the substance of modern legend. They are the foundation of Naval Special Warfare combat forces and stand ready, worldwide, to conduct the most difficult and dangerous Special Operations missions. Today's SEALs trace their history from the elite Frogmen, Scouts and Raiders of World War II. Training is extremely demanding, both mentally and physically, and produces the world's best Special Operations warriors
SEAL - Naval Special Warfare Foundation - Hawaii (the "Foundation") is a nonprofit organization formed under Section 509 (a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to be exempt from federal taxation as a supporting organization for the Naval Special Warfare Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) established to raise funds in support of the families of US Navy SEALs who have died while serving our country, or who are presently serving in harm's way in trouble spots around the world. The organization is comprised of volunteers from around the country and has no employees. 100 percent of the funds raised at our fundraising events, after expenses, will go solely to improve the education, health and wellness of the spouses and children of deceased and active duty SEALs. The Foundation’s application for exemption from federal taxation is pending. We do not foresee any problem obtaining IRS recognition as a tax exempt organization, which, when granted, will relate back to the date of formation on August 28, 2007.
History of SEAL Teams
The NCDUs distinguished themselves during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. In 1947, the Navy organized its first underwater offensive strike units. During the Korean Conflict, these Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) took part in the landing at Inchon as well as other missions including demolition raids on bridges and tunnels accessible from the water. They also conducted limited minesweeping operations in harbors and rivers.
During the 1960s, each branch of the armed forces formed its own counterinsurgency force. The Navy utilized UDT personnel to form separate units called SEAL Teams. January 1962 marked the commissioning of SEAL Team ONE in the Pacific Fleet and SEAL Team TWO in the Atlantic Fleet. These teams were developed to conduct unconventional warfare, counter-guerilla warfare and clandestine operations in both blue and brown water environments.
Concurrently, Naval Operations Support Groups were formed to aid UDTs, SEALs, and two other unique units — Boat Support and Beach Jumpers — in administration, planning, research, and development. During the Vietnam War, UDTs performed reconnaissance missions and SEALs carried out numerous offensive operations. In 1967, the Naval Operations Support Groups were renamed Naval Special Warfare Groups (NSWGs) as involvement increased in limited conflicts and special operations.
In 1983, existing UDTs were redesignated as SEAL Teams and/or SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams and the requirement for hydrographic reconnaissance and underwater demolition became SEAL missions. The Naval Special Warfare Command was commissioned on April 16, 1987, at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. Its mission is to prepare Naval Special Warfare forces to carry out their assigned missions and to develop special operations strategy, doctrine, and tactics.
SEALs go through what is considered by some to be the toughest military training in the world. Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training is conducted at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado. Students encounter obstacles that develop and test their stamina, leadership and ability to work as a team.