Naval Special Warfare Group 8 (NSWG 8) was born out of the combining of NSWG 3 and NSWG 10. Its creation is another sign Naval Special Warfare is shifting its focus to potential great-power conflicts with near-peer states. Naval Special Warfare is US Special Operations Command’s premier maritime special-operations force, and they would no doubt play a huge role in those potential conflicts. Naval Special Warfare Command is made up of Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC). NWSG 3 contained the SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams complete with mini submarines used in underwater operations. NWSG 10 was established in 2011 and focused on intelligence gathering, cyberwarfare and reconnaissance. The global war on terror has demonstrated the need for closeness between intelligence gathering units and action-based units. Naval Special Warfare seeks to bring the two areas under one roof with the creation of NSWG 8.
The Crossroads of Special Operations