The SEAL Team Six Quiz

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Who oversees SEAL Team Six?

Joint Special Operations Command oversees SEAL Team Six missions.

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True or false: SEAL Team Six is actually the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU).

The name SEAL Team Six was disbanded in 1987, and its formal name is DEVGRU. It's one of the United States military's premier counterterrorism units.

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SEAL Team Six members joined CIA operatives in what program in Iraq and Afghanistan?

While fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, SEAL Team Six joined CIA operatives in an initiative called the Omega Program, which allowed them greater latitude in hunting enemies.

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What branch of the military does the SEAL Team Six belong to?

SEAL Team Six is part of the elite Navy SEALs.

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What is the Army's counterpart to SEAL Team Six?

The Army's counterpart to SEAL Team Six is its elite team Delta Force.

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When was SEAL Team Six created?

The unit was created as part of the Joint Special Operations Command in 1980. In 1987, the unit was given the official title of Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU.

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How many squadrons is SEAL Team Six divided into?

SEAL Team Six is organized into five line squadrons: Red Squadron, Blue Squadron, Gold Squadron, Silver Squadron, Gray Squadron and Black Squadron.

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Which of the SEAL Team Six squadrons includes women in its ranks?

Black Squadron, once SEAL Team Six's sniper unit, now takes the lead on intelligence gathering, advance force operations, reconnaissance, surveillance and espionage. Unlike the assault squadrons, Black Squadron includes women.

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How many troops is each assault squadron divided into?

Each assault squadron is divided into three troops (commanded by lieutenant commanders), and troops are divided into smaller teams.

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Members of SEAL Team Six are constantly training. What is a HALO skydive exercise?

In a HALO (high altitude, low opening) jump, SEALS freefall close to the ground before opening their parachutes.

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What is the deadliest day in SEAL Team Six history?

The deadliest day in SEAL Team Six history was Aug. 6, 2011. Thirty-eight people were killed, including 15 SEAL Team Six members, when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

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Does the White House or Department of Defense generally comment on missions of SEAL Team Six?

Most information concerning SEAL Team Six or DEVGRU is classified, and details of its activities are not usually commented on by either the White House or the Department of Defense.

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Who was the first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six?

Richard Marcinko is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL commander and Vietnam War veteran. Marcinko was tasked with creating and commanding SEAL Team Six.

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True or false: More members of the SEAL Team Six have died over the past 14 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan than in all its previous history.

This is unfortunately true.

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True or false: When SEAL Team Six was created, it was devoted exclusively to counterterrorism.

SEAL Team Six has been disbanded and renamed to DEVGRU, whose full mission is classified but is thought to include preemptive, proactive counterterrorist operations.

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What country did the SEAL Team Six unit that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan parachute into to rescue Dane Poul Hagen Thisted and American Jessica Buchanan in 2012?

Buchanan and Thisted had been hostages for three months, held by men near the town of Adado in Somalia.

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True or false: SEAL Team Six selects candidates exclusively from the Navy's SEAL team community.

If a candidate does not pass the selection process, that person will still remain part of the SEAL team.

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Which is one of SEAL Team Six's best-known and most successful missions?

SEAL Team Six is credited with the finding and killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The Army's Delta Force found Saddam Hussein and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

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What is one key difference between SEAL Team Six and the Army's Delta Force?

SEAL Team Six partakes in specialized maritime operations, given their naval training.

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True or false: When SEAL Team Six is designated a Tier One National Asset Command, it is working directly for the president.

This is true — the president directs Seal Team Six.

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What was Operation Urgent Fury?

Operation Urgent Fury was the invasion of Grenada, which included SEAL Team Six. The United Nations General Assembly condemned the invasion as a violation of international law.

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What Hollywood movie is based on SEAL Team Six's killing of Osama bin Laden?

"Zero Dark Thirty" tells the story of the hunt for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and SEAL Team Six finding and killing him at a compound in Pakistan.

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What medal did SEAL Team Six member Navy Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. receive in 2016 for his actions while rescuing an American civilian who was held hostage in Afghanistan?

President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Byers in 2016. Byers is believed to be the first soldier to ever receive the Medal of Honor for actions while working as a member of SEAL Team Six.

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SEAL Team Six uses a range of specialized weapons. Which of these is NOT one members of the assault team carry?

Only SEAL Team Six snipers carry MK-11s.

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True or false: SEAL Team Six sometimes provides security for VIPs.

SEAL Team Six provided former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai protection in the early days of his term.

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Snipers from SEAL Team Six helped rescued Capt. Richard Phillips when pirates from what country took him hostage on his cargo ship?

On April 12, 2009, snipers from SEAL Team Six rescued Capt. Phillips, who had been taken hostage by Somali pirates.

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True or false: Capt. Phillips' U.S.-flagged cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, was in the Red Sea when it was raided by Somali pirates.

The cargo ship was actually passing through the Gulf of Aden, which is just south of the Red Sea.

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Operators of SEAL Team Six have been participating in Operation Enduring Freedom since 2001 in what country?

Operation Enduring Freedom is the name of the mission ongoing in Afghanistan.

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True or false: SEAL Team Six operators fought in the Battle of Mogadishu.

Otherwise known as the Black Hawk Down mission, SEAL Team Six operators provided cover for a number of key operations, including for vehicles used to extract prisoners from the Olympic Hotel.

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True or false: SEAL Team Six is so elite and secretive that it has never been acknowledged by the military.

Even after its members led the successful assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the military didn't confirm the team's existence.

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