The US Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Center has resumed two paused phases of its SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) selection-and-assessment training.
The NSW Centre, which oversees the initial and advanced training of the sailors of the US Navy’s SEAL and Special Boat teams, temporarily halted training for three of the 12 groups on 16 March. The final paused phase of the training is slated to commence next week.
NSW Center commodore Captain Bart Randall said: “We took a conservative approach to properly assess our student population and establish protocols in order to minimise risk to them during training.”
The decision to recommence training has been taken based on mitigation efforts as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and Department of Defence (DOD) medical professional guidance.
As a precautionary measure against coronavirus, instructors will continue to wear facemasks and gloves, while students will be screened daily for coronavirus (Covid-19) during the training period.
To minimise personal contact as much as possible outside the group, the class is maximising bubble-to-bubble travel.
The group will continue to remain on base until after the completion of BUD/S Hell Week and its SWCC counterpart, the Tour.
Randall added: “The health and well-being of our students still remains our top priority. Any student showing signs of illness will be pulled from training and evaluated by medical professionals before returning.”
Social distancing within the cohort is being emphasised to students in the two training pipelines.
To avoid face-to-face contact, instructors are using of the megaphone BUD/S staple.
Separation of students are being maximised with the implementation of safety procedures. A cap has been put in place on the number of students during physical training events including class runs and swims.
Randall added: “NSW expects its operators to be flexible in all phases of mission planning and execution, and we practice what we teach at our schoolhouse.
“NSW Center will continue to safely train and deliver SEALS and SWCC to the Force capable of performing at the high standards demanded of NSW operators.”
SEAL candidates participate in surf immersion during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training at Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Center in Coronado, California on 4 May.