Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC), the "Boat Guys" in all those Navy SEAL photos, are a small and elite bunch of warriors who don't get nearly enough credit for their contribution to American security. So what makes the "SEALs Taxi Service" so lethal?
Here is what makes SWCC crews so lethal
But SWCCs don't just drop off and pick up SEALs. They also conduct their own missions.
Combatant-craft crews can be sent against enemy shipping and other water traffic to shut down commerce or supply operations.
The SWCC crews keep an eye out for enemy movements or other activity in their domain. If they identify a threat, they can prosecute it themselves or report it up to the deepwater guys for help.
The SWCCs do all of this from some of the world's most advanced and dangerous small crafts.
Their boats are typically well-armed, and SWCCs train extensively on small craft tactics and strategies.
But even a single boat brings a lot of firepower.
And some of the boats can even be airdropped into the water for operations. All SWCC operators are static-line parachute qualified so they can jump with their boats.
Of course, jumping after a boat means the operators will land in the water. So they conduct open water swims, sometimes into near-freezing water, to prepare.
A Crewman Qualification Training candidate puts on his flippers before swimming in Coronado Bay during a Monster Mash training exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy)