New images released by the Pentagon of Navy SEALsNavy SEALsNavy SEALs conducting trainingtrainingtraining operations of the coast of the Greek island of Crete last October show SEALs using modified versions of Yamaha personal watercraft and even futuristic magnetic climbing gear that allows them to scale the hulls of ships.
These combined Greek and U.S. Special OperationsU.S. Special OperationsU.S. Special Operations partner development training operations are intended to improve interoperability between allies special operations units, however, these images appear to the be the first formally released that depict SEALs utilizing both of these new pieces of equipment.
The jet ski seen in use by SEALs in the images appears to be a modified Yamaha 2016 FX Cruiser SHO, with an additional inflatable collar similar to those seen on rigid inflatable boats. On boat applications, those collars are utilized to increase stability, buoyancy, and shock absorption – and it’s likely that the collar depicted on the jet ski in these images is intended to serve the same purposes. The added buoyancy allows SEALs to carry more gear than the platform would otherwise permit, and the shock absorption would be valuable when approaching the hull of large vessels SEALs are attempting to board.