The 15 Navy SEALs of the United States 15 US Navy SEALs and one military working dog handler from the Naval Special Warfare Development Group's Gold Squadron were killed. The single incident marks the worst day for the service since 9/11.
SEAL Team 6 was on a mission to kill or capture Osama bin Laden when their helicopter was shot down in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. All members of the team were killed. This is the first time in over 10 years that an American military operation has resulted in all personnel being lost.
The SEALs were operating in the Shawal Valley of Kunar Province near the Afghan-Pakistan border when they came under fire from an estimated 30 Taliban fighters arrayed along the top of a mountain ridge. After returning fire but failing to drive off the attackers, the helicopters were hit by small-arms fire and crashed into the mountainside. All aboard were killed.
There are approximately 450 Navy SEALs currently serving in the United States Navy.
Navy SEALs made up 22 of the military men killed (not 30, as the post says). The majority of them were members of SEAL Team 6, the team that carried out the mission to assassinate Osama bin Laden. (According to officials, none of those participating in the operation were killed in the helicopter strike.) So it did occur, but not "yesterday."
Here's how they died: Two U.S. helicopters shot down in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, killing all aboard. The cause of the first crash has not been determined; the second crash was due to enemy fire. No Americans were killed in the second crash.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down the two helicopters, which were providing security for President Obama during a visit to the country. It was his first trip to Afghanistan since becoming president.
Obama said during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul that he had ordered the raid on Bin Laden's compound because "without exception, we will not tolerate terrorist groups like al-Qaeda or ISIL using our countries against each other." He added that the United States would continue to work with partners around the world to defeat terrorism.
Bin Laden was buried at sea in accordance with Islamic law. The White House stated that he was buried at 2:38 p.m. ET on February 17, 2012. This was according to an official time delay used by the U.S. government when burying people at sea.
Three of the four SEALs were killed, and a fast response force helicopter dispatched to assist them was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade launched from an RPG-7, killing all eight US Navy SEALs and eight US Army Special Operations aviators on board.
Operation Red Wings began when a team of four U.S. Navy SEALs and two Russian operatives entered the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan to capture or kill Alimjan Djalilov, a high-ranking official with the country's intelligence service who had been accused of planning terrorist attacks against Americans and their allies. The mission was called off after only one day when the SEAL team was attacked by members of the Kirghiz armed forces; one SEAL was killed and another wounded during the firefight. Following this incident, the United States government withdrew its personnel from the country.
In February 2010, three other SEALs were killed in Yemen when they were hit by a car bomb that was detonated as they drove through the streets of the city of San'a. The fourth SEAL survived with minor injuries. American officials believed that the SEALs were likely targeted because they were American soldiers, not because of their role in the operation to capture or kill Djalilov.
While most SEAL operations were carried out from boats, it was in Vietnam that SEALs first developed hit-and-run air-assault tactics employing Army and Navy helicopters. In March 1973, the final SEAL advisors left Vietnam. In Vietnam, 46 SEALs were murdered between 1965 and 1972. After Vietnam, many members of the team withdrew from public life and began to move west with the desert sands.
Navy SEALs are part of the United States Navy's Special Warfare community. They specialize in maritime operations including assault, demolitions, and reconnaissance. The majority of their work is conducted within the context of military missions; however, they do provide security for various events such as sea trials and awards ceremonies.
In order to become a SEAL, one must be selected by naval personnel and meet physical requirements including being at least 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall and having the mental capacity to handle intense training programs. Additional criteria include having a clean record and passing medical tests. Once selected, candidates spend several months at SEAL training school where they learn how to operate underwater breathing devices, engage in hand-to-hand combat, and shoot firearms. Upon completion of training, new recruits are assigned to active duty positions within the Navy. Those who complete their service can apply to re-enter the workforce through the SEAL Employment Opportunities program.
In conclusion, yes, Navy SEALs did fight in Vietnam and many were killed.