U.S. Navy SEALs | U.S. Naval Special Warfare
This, a first of its kind book on all of U.S. Naval Special Warfare; the home of the US. Navy SEALs and Special Boat Units. From the CIA forefathers, the OSS Maritime Units, through to the Raiders and Underwater Demolition Units and into the development and birth of the SEALs to the present day. With an opening tribute by United States President George W. Bush (43), who utilized their skills to track down terrorists after the attack on 9-11.
No publication ever before has gone inside to show the men and women that support the US Navy SEALs and the SEALs themselves in all aspects of their work, training, missions and sacrifices to our country as they go about it quietly, secretly each and every day around the world. This is not another book on BUDS (basic underwater demolition school), but like nothing ever done in history and likely to never be repeated.
This unprecedented book contains it all, from the opening by President Bush and foreword by Secretary of the Navy and 9-11 Commission member John Lehman an into the history of U.S. Maritime Operations, starting with the operators of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during WWII, and into the units that would develop into the UDT / SEALs in Vietnam and other missions.
Because of unparalleled access given the authors and photographers, this book has insights behind the scenes of the support personnel, unique training, underwater vehicles, operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, unique weapons developed just for the SEALs as well as into the future of Naval Special Warfare (NSW) written by Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter.
So total and complete was the access, the book reveals for the first time the now declassified SECRET documents of the establishment of the SEALs situation room of the White House, to the ocean deaths of submarines, these two photographers were there when it happened and given unprecedented access for over 5 full and exciting years to go past the restricted, no camera area signs, to go deep into war zones to record worldwide what America’s most elite special operations units do and precisely how they operate. It depicts everything from powered canoes to hydrofoils to the first mini subs as well as the specialized weapons from underwater guns to underwater atomic bombs and much, much more.
The publication is indeed a treasure, weighing in at nearly 10 pounds, this 403-page book contains chapters written by the SEALs themselves. Some 931 unique, and many exclusive photographs taken around the world by photographers Greg Mathieson, Sr. and Dave Gatley. From the morning attack on the Pentagon on 9-11, to freezing mountain training in Alaska, to the basement situation room of the White House, to the ocean deaths of submarines, these two photographers were given unprecedented access for over 5 full and exciting years to go past the restricted, no camera area signs, to go deep into war zones to record worldwide what America’s most elite special operations units do and precisely how they operate.
The book was produced quietly, under the radar, with the cooperation of the SEAL Teams, U.S. Navy, The White House, and many, many others. It was screened and cleared by senior government officials with minute details digitally altered to preserve the secrecy which protects these warriors and our National Security, yet shows extraordinary things, lifting the classified veil as never before!