Navy SEALs Gain Attention After bin Laden Operation


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The special operations force known as the Navy SEALs are the elite unit that has earned global admiration for their successful raid against Osama bin Laden. They are trained to have outstanding physical fitness and mental strength. Here's a closer look at some of their grueling training.

The Navy SEAL are the U.S. Navy's principal special operations force. They are a part of the Naval Special Warfare Command as well as the maritime component of the United States Special Operations Command.

It was Navy SEALs that carried out this week's capture or kill raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

They are some of the most physically fit and mentally equipped soldiers in the United States military.

The SEALs on that operation are known as Team 6, they're part of a group stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

The team was formed in response to the 1980 American hostages rescue attempt in Iran.

That was a huge failure and showed the need for a counter-terrorist team that could operate under the utmost secrecy.

Team 6 has hunted down major al Qaeda and Taliban figures since 2001, and also operated in Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

SEALs are put through some of the most rigorous training in the world culminating in the infamous "Hell Week."

During "Hell Week" they must endure 132 hours of continuous physical training with less than four hours sleep.

According to SEALs who have survived the training, "Hell Week" requires 90 percent mental and only 10 percent physical strength and capability.

About 75 to 80 percent of SEAL recruits fail during this stage of training.

Currently, there are about 2,500 active duty Navy SEALs with nine SEAL teams dispersed throughout the East and West Coasts.