Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class


Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman graduate their 100th class and remember their roots. The Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) is a United States Naval Special Warfare Command team that operates and maintains an inventory of small craft used to conduct special operations missions, particularly those of the U.S. Navy SEALs. Individually, SEALs and SWCC go through separate specialized training programs that emphasize special operations in the maritime environment.

Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command graduated its 100th class of specially-trained small boat operators at a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Each SWCC graduate completed 27 weeks of training, including running a total of 157 miles, swimming 44 miles and completing the obstacle course at least 14 times. The total ammunition expended by the class exceeded 37,000 rounds of small arms ammo and 135,000 rounds of heavy weapons ammo. They navigated 750 nautical miles over 200 hours. The roughly 800-member SWCC community is smaller still, at .25 percent of the force.

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class


SWCC specialize in swift mobility, due to this they also have a high level of training in tactical driving and convoy operations. They do many missions alongside SEALs providing security detail and evacuation. SWCC must be physically fit, highly motivated, combat-focused, and responsive in high-stress situations. To become a special warfare combatant-craft crewman, a service member must apply and be accepted to special programs, pass SWCC basic crewman training school, and pass other schools. Following this, they undergo crewman qualification training concurrently with a probationary period.

Special boat teams can trace their history back to World War II. Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three rescued General Douglas MacArthur (and later the Filipino president Manuel L. Quezon) from the Philippines after the Japanese invasion and then participated in guerilla actions until American resistance ended with the fall of Corregidor. The development of a robust riverine warfare capability during the Vietnam War produced the forerunner of the modern special warfare combatant-craft crewman. In 1966 River Patrol Force (Task Force 116) operated River Patrol Boats (PBR) conducting counterinsurgency operations in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class

Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Graduate 100th Class

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Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


The Flyer 72 is a non-developmental item, purpose-built, lightweight vehicle designed to meet complex mission sets. Selected by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) as the vehicle of choice for their Ground Mobility 1.1 (GMV 1.1) program, at 72” wide it is capable of internal transport in the CH47 and C-130 aircraft. The Flyer 72’s modular approach provides the warfighter with a rapid mission reconfiguration capability. The Flyer 72 can quickly be configured and reconfigured to perform multiple missions such as light strike assault, rescue and evacuation, command and control, and reconnaissance.

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


The Flyer 72 is a mature, highly mobile platform, with a payload capacity over 5,500 pounds and can be configured to multiple crew sizes (up to nine). It is capable of being guns up in under a minute after exiting the aircraft, and can carry a variety of armaments. Its adaptable communications suite provides increased operating range and the provides the operator real-time access to critical information.
As a reliable and high performance vehicle, the Flyer® 72 offers safe and fast operating speeds with superior levels of mobility and maneuverability. It’s highly adaptable to severe, rugged and restrictive terrains while providing off-road, cross-country mobility in all types of weather conditions.
Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


The Flyer 72’s modular approach provides the warfighter with a rapid mission reconfiguration capability. The Flyer 72 can quickly be configured and reconfigured to perform multiple missions such as light strike assault, rescue and evacuation, command and control, and reconnaissance.

  • Flexible crew seating, easily reconfigured from 3 to 9 operators
  • High component commonality between all vehicle configurations
  • Common tubular space frame chassis
  • Common 2.0L GM DOHC BiTurbocharged JP8 engine
  • Common 5-point seat restraints
  • Common Rollover Protection System built to withstand vehicle weight

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family


The Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle platform has been developed by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), in partnership with Flyer Defense LLC, for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle Program. The Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle platform configurations are the Flyer 72 and the narrower Flyer 60. The Flyer was designed to fill a need by special operations forces to have a lightweight, mobile platform that could be transported by air and be configured for a variety of missions. It can be internally transported by V-22 Osprey, CH-53E Super Stallion, CH-47D Chinook, C-130 Hercules, and C-5 Galaxy, and be externally transported by UH-60L Black Hawk.
Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family

Flyer 72 Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Family