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Andrew Peterson | Writing the Authentic SEAL
Author Guest / June 4, 2011

Operation Neptune Spear seems an appropriate name for the raid that ended Osama Bin Laden’s life.  In Roman mythology, Neptune is the god of water and the sea.  It’s common knowledge that SEAL Team 6 of the United States Navy conducted the raid.  The Navy SEAL emblem contains a trident, Neptune’s preferred hunting weapon. So who are Navy SEALs?  SEAL teams are the primary special forces of the Naval Special Warfare Command.  The SEALs were officially established during the Kennedy Administration, but their roots can be traced back to WWII.  The acronym is derived from Sea, Air, and Land.  Although Navy SEAL teams comprise the maritime component of the United States Special Operations Command, they’re often used for land based missions. The term “special forces” has evolved to encompass military and civilian units that are deployed for use in high risk missions that standard units aren’t equipped to handle.  Although technically not special forces in the military sense, the FBI, ATF, DEA, and other federal law enforcement agencies employ domestic SRTs (Special Response Teams) in much the same way as the military uses its special forces overseas.  It’s not my intent to make any kind of comparison between civilian SRTs…