Secret Navy SEAL Missions

Operation “Mongoose”

This was a CIA led covert operation to remove Fidel Castro and his Communist regime from power in Cuba in 1959. In the spring of 1962 the SEALs were used to conduct beach landing reconnaissance to identify places where the invading Marine force could land. While the CIA operation would lead to the disaster in the, “Bay of Pigs”, the SEALs were establishing themselves as a very effective amphibious Special Operations Force.

CIA’s Phoenix Program

SEAL Teams 1 & 2 carried out numerous direct action and gorilla warfare missions during Vietnam and had an amazing win rate with very little casualties and a 200:1 kill ratio.

The unit also participated in the CIA’s “Phoenix” assassination program with great success.

There were usually up to 5 active SEAL platoons in Vietnam, each platoon consisting of around twelve operators. Some were farmed out to the Phoenix program separately.

Famously the SEALs adopted a brutal mix tape of unconventional warfare. Often swapping out combat pants for Levis because they were quieter when wet. They would often snatch or kill a high value target out of their bunk in the middle of the night, unseen by the enemy.

The north Vietnamese called them, “Men with Green Faces” and were terrified at the idea of the SEALs paying a nighttime visit.

Nha Trang High Value Target Mission & the Medal of Honor

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a SEAL team leader during action against enemy aggressor (Viet Cong) forces.