Bravo Zulu to the US Navy SEALS for taking down Bin Laden

(Bravo Zulu is an unofficial flag hoist of the US Navy meaning “well done.”)

The US Navy SEALS are the very tip of the spear of our armed forces and protect the United States and the free world from those who wish us harm. They truly preserve the freedoms of Western Civilization. Because of the secrecy surrounding them, a number of these men have died unknown deaths while fighting the enemy. We owe them a lot. God Bless Them.

An “elite among the elite” are members of the highly secret “SEAL Team Six.” The US Government does not acknowledge that such a group exists. According to the New York Times, approximately 24 men from that unit were the warriors who went into the compound and killed Bin Laden.

According to Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Rancich, US Navy SEALS (ret), a very good book about the making of US Navy SEALS is The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday: Making Navy SEALs by Richard D. Schoenberg.

If you would like additional information about the vaunted US Navy SEALS then visit this site hosted by Thomas Rancich. Tom spent almost 20 years in the SEALS so the books and websites he recommends come from someone who really knows what he is talking about.

Below are a variety of pictures of the SEALS in action.

CORONADO, Calif. (Oct. 28,2010) Students in Sea Air and Land (SEAL) qualification training navigate the surf off the cost of Coronado during a maritime operations training exercise. The 26-week program takes students from a very basic level, to a more advanced degree of technical and tactical operations. The Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Forces and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (Oct. 25, 2010) Navy SEALs conduct immediate action drills at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The drills are a part of the SEALs pre-deployment training. Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Command and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eddie Harrison/Released)

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (Oct. 25, 2010) Navy SEALs conduct immediate action drills at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The drills are a part of the SEALs pre-deployment training. Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Command and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land.(U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Scorza/Released)

CORONADO, Calif. (April 20, 2011) Students from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/s) Class 287 participate in night gear exchange during the second phase of training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. During this evolution, two students will enter the water and exchange dive gear with masks that have been completely blackened. The Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Forces and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle D. Gahlau/Released)

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (Sept. 30, 2010) Navy SEALs from all over the country took turns pounding the Tridents taken from their uniforms into the casket of Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) 3rd Class Denis Miranda during his funeral. One Special Forces operator placed his Special Forces patch on the casket. Miranda was one of nine service members killed when the helicopter in which they were traveling crashed in Zabul Province in Southern Afghanistan Sept. 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Scorza/Released)

MOYOCK, N.C. (Nov. 4, 2010) Navy SEALs conduct close quarters combat training in a simulated home at U.S. Training Center Moyock. SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Forces and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air, and land. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eddie Harrison/Released)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 15, 2010) Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen (SWCC) assigned to Special Boat Team (SBT) 20 pilot an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to recover a RHIB and jumpers during a maritime craft aerial deployment system (MCADS) exercise. SWCC operators and parachute riggers from SBT-20 deploy an 11-meter RHIB at 3,500 feet from the rear of a C-130 aircraft during and MCADS drop. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Clark/Released)

[Images courtesy of the Official Website of the US Navy.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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