The Underwater Demolition Assault Unit
of the Royal Thai Navy
() is a 144-man special operations force within the Military of Thailand
. The unit is colloquially known as หน่วยซีล, the Thai language word for Seals
as in the pinniped
animals. Although this title was influenced by the US unit, it is not an acronym
like the American unit's.
The unit was set up in 1956 with the assistance of the U.S. Government
and has trained with United States Navy SEALs
. A small element within the Royal Thai Navy
's "seal" unit has been trained to conduct Maritime Counter-Terrorism missions. This unit has close ties with the U.S. Navy's own SEAL teams.
During World War II
, Navy troops fighting for both the Axis
used special warfare forces. They were small elite groups of soldiers trained to destroy ships, buildings, and other strategic locations as well as conduct sabotage and other clandestine missions. After the war finished, the special warfare mission continued and through improved training and equipment, increased the ability of the military to fight using new tactics to achieve missions previously unthinkable.
In 1952, the Thai Ministry of Defence started thinking about organizing Underwater Demolition Teams
. Representatives of the Thai Ministry of Defense met with officers from... Read More