As the President of the Combat Diver Foundation (CDF), I felt the need to comment on this story that was first reported by SOFREP and later re-reported by Business Insider.

First a disclaimer: The Combat Diver Foundation has no official relationship with the many military commands, law enforcement agencies, or intelligence units that maintain a combat dive capability. 

That said, CDF does enjoy excellent connections with the Combat Diver community writ large and communicates regularly with the leadership in many of the organizations mentioned above. Though they only share information with us that is already approved for public release, I have personally had the privilege of visiting unit Maritime Operations Facilities and speaking to Combat Divers in leadership and management positions across the joint force.

My observations differ from Mr. Atlamazoglou’s in several ways.