STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. — Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, commanding general of U.S. Special Operations Command, and Read Adm. Timothy Szymanski, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, prepare to participate in a simulated hot extraction by Naval Special Warfare Group 4’s Special Boat Team 22, located at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Thomas’ visit to the three Stennis NSW commands marks his first tour of the area as commander of USSOCOM. The Stennis NSW commands include SBT 22, the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School and Training Detachment Stennis. The three NSW commands are situated on the NSW Western Maneuver Area Training Range, which is composed of some of the finest riverine and littoral training areas in the world.
SBT 22’s mission is to organize, mentor, train and equip NSW personnel to conduct the full spectrum of special operations in riverine and coastal environments to support fleet and joint commanders worldwide.
The U.S. special operations community depends on Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen for maritime insertion and extraction on time, on target, worldwide. SWCC are an indispensable part of the NSW team, as they operate and maintain high-speed craft specially designed to execute SEAL missions. NSW maritime platforms are equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, communications, engineering and weapons systems. They operate day and night in extreme weather and sea states to achieve the ultimate element of surprise against enemy forces. (U.S. Navy photo provided courtesy of IS2 Hunter Bealer and PO1 Michael Thielen)