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Navy SEALs: 10 Key Missions | History Lists
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Navy SEALs: 10 Key Missions | History Lists

Though President John F. Kennedy founded the first Navy SEAL teams in the early 1960s, the origins of Naval Special Warfare can be traced back even further, to the middle of World War II. Predecessors of today’s Navy SEALs—including Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs) and Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs)—played crucial roles in both Europe and the Pacific. After the Vietnam War, which forged the SEALs’ battle skills and reputation, they adapted to confront a new era of more limited wars, hostage rescue operations and the rise of global terrorism.

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