Navy Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism Operations: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Navy for several years has carried out a variety of irregular warfare IW and counterterrorism CT activities. Among the most readily visible of the Navy s recent IW operations have been those carried out by Navy sailors serving ashore in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the Navy s contributions to IW operations around the world are made by Navy individual augmentees IAs individual Navy sailors assigned to various DOD operations. The May 1-2, 2011, U.S. military operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden reportedly was carried out by a team of 23 Navy special operations forces, known as SEALs an acronym standing for Sea, Air, and Land. The SEALs reportedly belonged to an elite unit known unofficially as Seal Team 6 and officially as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group DEVGRU.
- Naval Surface Warfare
- Unconventional Warfare