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Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC)

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) are members of Special Boat Teams (SBTs) and, along with the Navy SEALs, are under the umbrella of the Naval Special Warfare Command (NSW).

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman - Role

The primary role of SWCCs is to insert and extract Special Operations Forces, typically SEALs, over the ocean and along river networks (littoral warfare), using a range of specialised surface boats. SWWCs carry out a range of maritime special operations:

  • Counterterrorism
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Foreign Internal Defense
  • Direct Action
  • Special Reconnaissance
  • Hydrographic Reconnaissance


SWCC - Boats

SWCC - Video

SWCC - Organization

SWCCs are assigned to Special Boat Teams (SBTs)

  • Special Boat Team 12 (SBT-12) - West Coast - Coronado
    • NSW RHIBs
    • MK V Special Operations Craft
  • Special Boat Team 20 (SBT-20) - East Coast - Little Creek, Va.
    • NSW RHIBs
    • MK V Special Operations Craft
  • Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) - South - Stennis, Miss
    • Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R)

SWCC - Training

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen candidates undergo a 14-week Crewman Qualification Training (CQT) which covers:

  • navigation
  • craft maintenance and repair
  • towing
  • weapons (both mounted guns and personal firemarms)
swwcs on SOC-R
SWWCs from Special Boat Team-22 operating a Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) during a training exercise. Note the firepower present on the boat. When coming in for a hot extraction of SEALs, the SWWCs will pour huge amounts of suppressive fire into the shoreline and treelines surrounding it in order to keep any heads down. SOC-Rs can carry an array of GAU-17/A 7.62mm miniguns, .50 cal MSHB machine guns and M60, M240 7.62mm belt-fed machine guns and even 40mm automatic grenade launchers.
DoD photo by: IS1 JEREMY RICHARDSON, USN

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman - Notable Operations

  • 2003 - present - Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
    SWWC/SEAL teams secured several off-shore oil platforms, ensuring they could not be destroyed by Iraqi forces
    SWCC boat teams secured the Khor Al Abdullah, Khor Az Zubayar and Shat Al Arab waterways

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