Warfare Reserve Command Renamed
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Christopher Menzie, Naval Special Warfare Command Public
CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Special
Warfare Operational Support Group and its subordinate
commands, Operational Support Teams 1 and 2, were
redesignated Naval Special Warfare Group 11 and SEAL Teams
17 and 18 on Aug. 1 during a ceremony at the Naval
The change affects more than one thousand Naval Special
Warfare (NSW) Reservists composed of SEALs, Special Warfare
Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC), and combat service support
personnel who represent nearly 20 percent of the manpower in
the special warfare community.
"Before the (redesignation), we were a body pool and
deployed guys to augment operational capabilities," said
Cmdr. James Gracio, chief of staff for Group 11. "Now, we
can provide more support that did not [previously] exist."
Group 11's mission is to organize, man, train, equip and
deploy Reserve SEAL platoons, boat detachments and combat
service support teams on special operations missions in
support of active-duty NSW commands worldwide.
Without the constant support of Navy Reservists, the NSW's
active-duty force would be at the limit of operating
capacity, explained Gracio.
Reservists will take over a variety of assignments
worldwide, suited to their deployment schedule, including
expeditionary support, joint military training exercises and
counter-narcotics operations, he said.
In addition, combat service support Sailors, such as
gunner's mates and yeomen, will be deployed to fill battle
staff requirements of deployed NSW forces.
"The ultimate goal is to add combat capability to NSW," said
Lt. Cmdr. Ed Rohrbach, executive officer of SEAL Team 17.
"This decision will put more active-duty SEALs on the ground
where they need to be."
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