DVIDS – News – Looking Back: SEAL Team 7 Celebrates 20 Years of Legacy

CORONADO, Calif. (March 17, 2022) SEAL Team 7 celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Silver Strand Training Complex on March 17.

The anniversary events included a command physical training session and an all hands call with remarks from retired Rear Admiral Alex Krongard, the team’s first commander.

Current members of SEAL Team 7 also hosted board owners and former teammates for lunch and unveiled a heritage project at the new command building, including a wall honoring Fallen Heroes, a 9/11 memorial and a historic SEAL Team 7 lane. Plank owners and current members also hosted a charity golf event on March 18, which included a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s Leap Frogs at Naval Air Station North Island.

SEAL Team 7 was created on March 17, 2002, just six months after 9/11.

Eighteen months after its creation, SEAL Team 7 first deployed to Iraq in August 2003 and created the Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula to command and control three SEAL task units conducting more than 255 operations of fight. It was in these early days that Krongard learned what set Team 7 apart from the rest.

“It was about three regions with really different approaches to operations,” Krongard said. “And the incredible thing, in each case, SEAL Team 7 invented the tactics, techniques and procedures to get those [operations] and figure out how to do it and they were just incredibly innovative, and that was something we could be proud of.

It was this spirit of innovation that made SEAL Team 7 successful in subsequent deployments to US Central Command and US Indo-Pacific Command. Today, the team continues to innovate as NSW returns to its roots as an agile and specialist maritime commando force.

“SEAL Team 7 has accomplished so much over the past two decades,” said Capt. David Abernathy, current commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Group 1 and former commanding officer of SEAL Team 7 from 2014 to 2015. “We never stop to innovate. Team 7 takes the lessons we learned on land – how we plan the mission, rehearse and integrate the joint force – into the maritime realm to support the fleet and the joint force, in a way we don’t. hadn’t thought of before, for an integrated deterrent.

SEAL Team 7 and the other West Coast-based SEAL Teams intend to honor their history by maintaining close relationships with former teammates and leaders.

“Toast you for all the hard work and where you’ve taken SEAL Team 7,” Krongard said. “It’s way beyond what I could have ever imagined.”

Since 1962, Naval Special Warfare has been the nation’s premier maritime special operations force. 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of the first Navy SEAL teams and NSW celebrates the whole year by showcasing the unique legacy and legacy of the SEALs who paved the way and how that shaped the high standards, capabilities uniqueness and the strength and diversity found in the SEAL community today.

Date taken: 17.03.2022
Date posted: 30.03.2022 12:49
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