US Navy SEAL Team Six
31 American Troops die in NATO helicopter crash including members of SEAL Team Six
Casualties include: 25 members of SEAL Team Six, 3 Air Force Air Controllers, military dog handler, military service dog, civilian interpreter and 7 Afghans
SEAL Team Six has suffered casualties after a NATO helicopter fell under Taliban attack early Saturday morning in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Using a rocket-propelled grenade Los Angeles Timesreports that Taliban insurgents took down the Chinook helicopter resulting in the casualties of 31 American troops and 7 Afghans. Afghan officials say it is the war’s greatest single-incident loss of military lives.
Among the casualties aboard the Chinook were members who served in the same unit as the Navy SEALs who were credited with capturing Osama bin Laden back in May.
The Global Post reports that there were members of the Air Force on board, along with an interpreter, a dog handler and his dog. While Fox News reports that the number included 25 Navy SEALs from SEAL Team Six aboard the Chinook. For now we know the majority of casualties suffered today belong to the US Navy SEALs and their SEAL Team Six unit.
Known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team Six is known for being one of the most highly trained team of individuals to serve the United States military. The best of the best, it was proven when SEAL Team Six took out Osama bin Laden back in May of this year. Their identities are usually kept under wraps as privacy is of the utmost importance.
SEAL Team Six has become known as being the U.S. Navy’s counter-terrorist unit, requiring its members to not only be physically superior but equally intelligent as well.
The loss of lives suffered by SEAL Team Six today is greater than the June 28, 2005 attack on a military helicopter in Afghanistan’s Kunar province that resulted in 16 Navy SEALs and Army special ops.
Once again SEAL Team Six was participating in a raid on a house were insurgents were gathered, resulting in the downing of the helicopter. The Taliban claims they shot down the helicopter, however a senior U.S. Administration official is saying the crash is being further investigated at this time and like everything that involves SEAL Team Six requires anonymity for now.
There is no heart braver than the one that serves this country. God Bless our troops and those who have been affected by the great loss today, freedom truly comes with a price. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lives that were lost today, the military service members out there and the surviving members of the US Navy’s SEAL Team Six.