There are currently eight active-duty SEAL Teams in the United States Navy. Each team comprises approximately 40-50 or more personnel divided into squads or platoons for different types of missions. In addition to these teams, there’s a specialized unit known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), often called “SEAL Team Six,” which carries out some of the most sensitive counter-terrorism missions.
The United States Navy SEAL Teams are primarily based in two locations:
- Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, San Diego, California: This is home to the West Coast teams, including SEAL Teams 1, 3, 5, and 7. It’s also where Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training takes place.
- Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Virginia: This base hosts the East Coast teams, including SEAL Teams 2, 4, and Team Eight.
In addition to these bases for active-duty teams,
- The Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), known as “SEAL Team Six,” is headquartered at Dam Neck Annex of Oceana Naval Air Station near Virginia Beach.
Remember that while these are their primary stations within the U.S., they operate globally depending on mission requirements.
How Many SEALs are on each team?
Each Navy SEAL Team is typically composed of approximately 40 to 50 personnel. However, these teams are further divided into smaller units for operations.
The primary operational unit is the platoon, consisting of around 16 SEALs: two officers and enlisted operators with various specialties such as communications, medic, explosives expert, or sniper. A platoon operates together on missions but can also be split into squads or fire teams depending on the tactical situation.
It’s worth noting that this number doesn’t include support staff who help ensure missions run smoothly. They play vital roles in intelligence gathering, logistics planning, and medical care, among other areas. The exact structure may vary based on mission needs and team specifics.