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Special Boat Team - 22,  Stennis, MS


 
Special Boat Team-22 was established Oct. 2002 as a result of NSW-21 force restructure changes. The Team is located at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. SBT-22 is comprised of SOCR, CAC and PBL combatant craft and deploys its SBDs regularly to Central America and South America and the Middle East. Because SBT-22 is now the only NSW Riverine unit it can be deployed to any riverine environment in the world.

Special Boat Team 22 began its history as Coastal River Divison-22 in 1972 in New Orleans La. In 1979 it became Special Boat Unit - 22. The Team's long history in Riverine warfare is distinguished in Counter-Narcotic Operations in Central and South America. SBT-22 was a frontline unit in IRAQI FREEDOM 2003 and continues to serve as a frontline unit in the Global War on Terrorism.

"TO WIN IS EVERYTHING"


View this outstanding YouTube Video here:  SWCC - Navy's Best Kept Secret


Popular Mechanics Magazine, March 2009 - Smoke on the Water (added 03-20-09)
     

(added 02-01-2011) Article from Ethos Magazine.  Finally some info coming out about the SWCC ops on the rivers in IRAQ      

PBL gunner engages targets, note 50cal m.g. blank firing adapter SWCC plotting their course and taking a fix, using gps, compass, and their DR laid out on a chart. Navigation a big part of being a SWCC
Special Operations Craft River (SOCR) on step and returning fire with 7.62 mm Mini-gun
SWCC on SOCR "its not the boat that special, its the crewmen." A SOCR on step, note camouflage compared to river bank and water reflection
A pair Patrol Boat Lights (PBL) , a PBL patrol at speed. SWCC gunner engages targets with the 7.62 mini gun. This weapon is the battle proven ambush breaker and was used by MST on the Rivers of Vietnam and just as valid today in the SBTs. A camouflaged PBL moves out to reveal its position.
 
SOCR coming at you throwing a huge wake shows the horse power of the craft.
"I feel the need, the need for speed!"
A SOCR makes Hot extraction withdrawing from river bank
 

Added 08-23-07        
During Hurricane Katrina 05 SBT-22 used their boats and crews to check homes and render assistance to stranded citizens.  SOCR (CCM) laydown supressive fire as they approach river bank.  SOCR (CCM) moves in fast for the extraction of SEALs  SOCR (CCM) extracts SEALs, the yellow smoke marking a position.  Expended 50 cal. brass and links, can't train for real without trigger pulling.  

 

   
A SBT-22 (CCM) prepares for a helo lift by CH-47 helo. This method greatly extends the striking range of NSW forces. This tactic was developed in Vietnam by MST-2 using a LSSC craft. An Army Ch-47 lifts a SOCR. Note SWCC crewmen climbing up a ladder into helo.    

Added 08-16-08        
SOCR under a low CH-47 during a Meats Exercise.
 
A view from the helo down the jacobs ladder to SWCC crew on SOCR
 
A SWCC crewman on a SOCR

 
A SWCC crewman at his battle staion the 7.62 minigun.
 
Stern view of a SOCR, note BFA on 50Cal MG.
 
         
Land gunshoot, 50 cals off SOCRs on trailers on Range.
 
SWCC gunner fires his M240s note his T-Unit patch
 
Twin M-240 7.62 Cal. MGs SWCC on SOCR going in to make a gun run Twin M240s blazing with Mini Gun on SOCR in Background doing the same.
 
         
Another view of the Twin M240 mount. and a SWCC waiting for his turn to shoot.
 
Stern view of a SOCR making is run in. Training Exercises over and this SOCR is loaded with SWCC and SWCC Training Dept Cadre A Crowded SOCR on way home full of SWCC SWCC Training Department is made up of Veteran SWCC

 

         
Rear of the SOCR and brown water note the tow line in ready stored position. In Times of Crisis, Some Run Toward the Fight. GIANT version for great printing.

Profile of a SWCC.

Fish eye photo on SOCR.
       

Navy Newsstand Press Release - Naval Special Warfare Goes Hollywood A small Hollywood army descended on Ft. Knox’s Salt River training range Aug. 23-25.

The team, consisting of producers, videographers, audio technicians, production assistants, agency representatives, photographers, and even a 1980’s recreational vehicle came to create a video that would show the world the Navy’s best kept secret, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC).               Original online version if still available


Press Release - Naval Special Warfare Group - 4  Baghdad, Iraq - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class John Crower became the first Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) to receive the Purple Heart since the Navy formalized the Unit in 1994.


The Worldwide Special Operations Riverine Force
by
GMCS Clark Gertner SWCC/PJ Ret

HISTORY:   Special Boat Team TWENTY-TWO (SBT-22) is the direct descendent of Coastal River Division TWENTY-TWO, which was commissioned on December 16, 1972.  CRD-22 was located at Point Algiers, on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, and was situated across the river from New Orleans’ famed French Quarter. 

In March 1979, the name was changed to Special Boat Unit TWENTY-TWO, as part of a community-wide realignment to reflect the community’s evolved mission within the Special Warfare community.  In 1998, the unit was moved to the John C. Stennis Space Center, about 45 miles north-east of New Orleans.   Read More Here


FT. KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2007) - Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) transit the Salt River in northern Kentucky during pre-deployment, live-fire training. SWCCs attached to Special Boat Team (SBT) 22 based in Stennis, Miss., employ the Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R), which is specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of U.S. Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along shallow waterways and open water environments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric (RELEASED)


FT. KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2007) - Special Warfare Combatant-craft crewmen (SWCC) prepare to get underway for live-fire patrol training along the Salt River in northern Kentucky. SWCCs attached to Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) based in Stennis, Miss., employ the Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R), which is specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of U.S. Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along shallow waterways and open water environments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric (RELEASED)


FT. KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2007) - A Special Warfare Combatant-craft crewman (SWCC) mans his GAU-17 minigun during live-fire patrol training along the Salt River in northern Kentucky (edited by eileen zeller). SWCCs attached to Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) from Stennis, Miss., employ the Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R), which is specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of U.S. Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along shallow waterways and open water environments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric (RELEASED)
 


FT. KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2007) - A Special Warfare Combatant-craft crewman (SWCC) mans his GAU-17 minigun during live-fire patrol training along the Salt River in northern Kentucky. SWCCs attached to Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) from Stennis, Miss., employ the Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R), which is specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of U.S. Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along shallow waterways and open water environments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric (RELEASED)


FT. KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2007) - A Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) performs a crash-back maneuver during training along the Salt River in northern Kentucky. Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) attached to Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) based in Stennis, Miss., employ the SOC-R, a craft designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of U.S. Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along shallow waterways and open water environments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric (RELEASED)


FORT KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2007) - Two Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R) cruise along the Salt River during live fire training. Naval Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) from Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) employ the SOC-R, which is specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along shallow waterways and open water environments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robyn B. Gerstenslager (RELEASED)


 FORT KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2007) – A Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R) cruises along the Salt River during live fire training. Naval Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) from Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) employ the SOC-R, which is specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along shallow waterways and open water environments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robyn B. Gerstenslager (RELEASED


SWCCs Conduct IAD Exercise - Special warfare combatant-craft crew members (SWCC) assigned to Special Boat Team (SBT) 22 participated in immediate action drills (IAD), Feb. 19-23, in preparation for the next deployment cycle. Read more here.


Navy Live-Fire Range Certified for Use The U.S. Navy’s new live-fire range in the northwest corner of the John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) acoustic buffer zone has been certified for use of 5.6mm, 7.62mm and .50 caliber short-range training ammunition (SRTA) by Naval Facilities Command. SRTA has a maximum range of 700 meters.    Read more here.

SWCC Undergo Intensive Coxswain Training  Crewmen from Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) completed Dec. 15 a two-week coxswain training on Mississippi's Pearl River. Coxswain training is the first of numerous steps along the way for a special boat operator to earn his boat captain qualification. In order to earn the title of boat captain a special boat operator must go through a rigorous training pipeline, which begins with coxswain training. Read more here

Special boat team gets new digs  A small but growing Navy community, Special Boat Team 22, will open a new riverine operations site Friday at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The two-building, $9.7 million complex was built for use by the unit, which specializes in riverine missions, often in support of SEALs.   Read more here

SWCC Named NSW SOCM of the Year   Operations Medical Association named Special Warfare Boat Operator 2nd Class John Cowgar of Naval Special Warfare Group 4 as the Naval Special Warfare Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) of the year Dec. 17, 2008, at a ceremony in Tampa, Fla.
Read more here

Added 03-20-09        
SOCRs heading up river. Note trees tell the season. SOCRs rounding the bend. SOCR on step and looking mean. Twin M240s. Muddy bow on SOCR, a SWCC would know what that meant.
Added 06-10-09
SWCC re-loading 50cal. on step, note his personal loadout and weapons.   SBT-22 SOCRs on step SOCR Gunshoot note aft 50cal blazing away. SWCC Training Cadre instructs underway

Added 08-23-09        
SOCR Patrol SOCR on Step SOCR in morning sun note muddy bow SOCR note armored Coxswain Flat SWCC on a mini-Gun a deadly combo
     
SOCR Patrol going up river   SWCC crew on SOCR (Added 07-05-2013    

(08-23-09) Romanion Chief of Staff Visits -  JOHN C. STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare Command hosted a visit by Romanian Navy chief of staff to Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) and Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) Aug 4-5. MORE HERE


Added 11-30-09  
  SWCC Gunner on Mini Gun SBT-22 SOCR delivers a broadside SOCR in Action  

Added 02-26-2010    
  SOCR bow on and on step SWCC passing a tow line    

(07-31-2010) Added photos
  SOCR -  note its low free board in water A few from the coxswain and the Gunner on Mini-gun SWCC from SBT-22 on SOCR SWCC loading up Blank 50 ammo in 50cal MG note Blank firing adapter on Barrel.
   
The Mini Gun the greatest ambush breaker on the rivers

Fish eye lens reveals new perspective on the SOCR  

Profile of a Modern SWCC    

(07-31-2010)  SBT-22 Holds Change of Command Ceremony - JOHN C. STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- Special Boat Team (SBT) 22 held a change of command ceremony July 15. Cmdr. Francis G. Franky relieved Cmdr. Robert W. Lyonnais.     more here


(10-26-2010) Sean Kientz SBT-22  2004-2006 (more Sean photos at SWCC and SBU-12.)
  Sean Kientz at Fort Chaffee AR 2005 SBT sling Training Fast rope into SOCR MEAT's exercise Climbing the Jocobs Ladder Meat Ex  moving in for the hook up
Fast rope down into boat 2005 Hot Extraction practice Task Unit 2 Salt River Heavy Weapons Training Cast and Recovery Phase one Cast and Recovery Phase two
Water Recovery Training TU work ups 2005  Gunshoot Race Track Coxswain Training Race Track Training New Orleans
       
Target destroyed weapons shoot        

 
(Added 05-23-2011)
  SWCC on his 50cal

SOCRS of SBT-22 remember the old song "Smoke on the Water"

The SOCR bristles with weapons its forward Mini gun just opened up. In the relaxed mode
SWCC changing a HOT barrel on a 50 Cal Firing the Twin M240s 7.62 This SOC task Unit show a lot of pride and team spirit with TU Patches and personal Jolly Roger Even shadows can aid in hiding you craft. Ops on the river in winter

Added 08-29-2011->
  SBT-20 Rib Operating down in Stennis Miss involved in PanaEx SBT-20 RIB drop off Panamanian swimmers during exercise. SBT-22 SOCR in PanaEX Latin American  student gets advise from Instructor
     

Extracting Panamanian students onto SOCR

SBT-22 SOCR makes a fast withdrawl

     

Added 01-27-2012

  SBT-22 in IRAQ

SBT-22 Troop 4

SOCRs in the Autumn

Kiss of the dragon

     
SOCR on white water Training SBT 22 launches to do white water training in CONUS      

Ethos Issue 15 Naval Special Warfare Magazine

Added 01-27-2012

 "Leaving Iraq" pdf page 11 (Their page 19)

"Act of Valor" - Review the filming the movie. pdf page 9 (Their page 14)

   

(08-31-2012) Marcus Caldwell SBT-22  CAC POIC, SOCR POIC

Setting Up Shop in IF03

American Flags ON SOCRs Iraq

SWCC in IF03 note Flash suppressor on 50Cal and new Trons for night ops. The Buildup in Kuwait "REAL" World Ops IF03
Sunrise underway

One of the MKVs from another SBT in Gulf.

The HSV and home of a NSWTU Tempture tent living IF03

The Run up River into IRAQ

   
On the run Piers and Boats get a close look.

Moving up river on the Bashra Run

a beached Iraqi Patrol boat.

   

 

(added 08-31-2012)

Jeremey Watson SWCC class in 1994 to commands SBU-12 and SBT22, 1994-2004 SWCC POIC SOCR
Gotta have the Group shot Troop workups The BOYZ will be BOYZ MOP suits are SOP for beginning of IF03 Fast Rope practice in Kuwait Fast Rope practice in Kuwait
CH53 with slung SOCR 1 CH53 with Slung SOCR 2 CH53 with slung SOCR 3 Fire Damage and Lessons learned First Operational Use of MEATS in IRAQ

SOCR Troop deep in the Heart of IRAQ IF03

Jeremy Watson Tribal Tas in IRAQ Patrol in IRAQ

UK Marines with Iraqi POWs

Extract from Iraqi Mud Bank Tides out and MUD Sucks "How's that Mud?? looks like it Sucks"

Tents and Gear

Cammie Tent City

Pallet full of Guns.. who's cleaning them?

American Humor The BOYZ of IF03

A more casual Group shot

 

The 22 Boyz
 (added 10-29-2012)
Humor in Troop T shirt (Added 01-22-2013) Cold day on the river  (added 04-22-2013) SEAL insert by SOCR
(added 07-05-2013)
SOCRs head for range.
(added 07-05-2013)
         

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