Operation Neptune Spear was the code name for the US Navy SEAL operation to assassinate terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. The operation occurred on May 1, 2011 and is regarded as one of the most important missions in American history.
The operation was led by Commander Robert Jolley, who was the team leader of Bin Laden mission recon team Blackwater Six. Under his leadership were several other SEAL teams and CIA personnel. All personnel involved in the mission underwent years of training and intense examinations to prove their worth.
The SEALs that fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden were members of Team Four, otherwise known as Alpha Boat Team 4. This book is written by an anonymous member of this team, giving an inside look into what it took to be a successful SEAL and what it was like on this mission in particular.
This book is written from the perspective of a field-grade officer with over a decade of experience in special operations who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Training for the navy seal
To become a navy seal, you have to go through several stages of training. As with most military special operations forces, a large part of the training is physical.
Seals spend a great deal of time in the gym, perfecting their strength and endurance. Because they work in water as well as on land, they also spend time training in the pool.
They develop strong swimming skills and learn to work together as a team in water. Developing trust and teamwork among members of the SEALs is part of this training.
Learning how to handle weapons is another important part of the SEAL training. Seals are required to be experts with both conventional and non-conventional weapons. They must also know how to use explosives properly in order to take out targets effectively.
Navy seal training is tough
Navy SEAL training is among the most rigorous training in the world. It takes around 2 years to complete, and only about half of people who start the training ever finish.
The SEAL qualification process includes a physical examination, medical exam, Navy job task assignment selection, land warfare Basic Naval Special Warfare course, BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition School) probation, BUD/S Orientation, swimming qualification test, diving medical examination, and deployment to a special mission unit.
The initial SEAL qualification process includes a pre-screening process that evaluates your mental and physical abilities. This includes:
A thorough medical and psychological evaluation that assesses your aptitude for combat and evaluates whether you have any underlying health issues that may affect your performance; A series of interviews with senior personnel who know you and your career objectives; A fitness test that evaluates your muscular strength and endurance; A shooting range test that assesses your skill with a firearm.
Make it through navy seal training? Try again!
Navy SEAL training is so difficult, most SEALs never attempt it. If you pass, you can always try again, as many times as you want!
The SEAL qualification course is a twenty-week program that takes place in Coronado, California. It consists of several phases that get harder and harder.
The first phase is physical fitness training. The second phase is land warfare training, including shooting, diving, and rope work. The third phase is swimming and diving certification. The fourth phase is live-fire shooting exercises.
A lot of people fail the first phase because the physical demands are very high. You have to be able to do hundreds of push-ups and sit-ups in a short amount of time, run miles every day, and swim lots of laps in a pool in under a certain amount of time.
While most people think of Seal missions as killing or capture missions, they can be much more than that. Seals are very well-trained warriors and are capable of many missions.
They are trained in tactical combat, shooting, diving and swimming, reconnaissance, and enemy recognition. Their training is intense and lasts for years, so by the time they’re finished, they are well-oiled machines.
Their training also includes cultural awareness training. This is important because they may be sent to evacuate citizens from a foreign country or to protect civilians in a war zone. They must understand the culture to do this effectively.
They are also trained in underwater demolition and explosives which comes in handy for many missions. One of the most difficult skills to learn is helicopter insertion which requires the Seal to fire a shot at close range while jumping from a moving helicopter.
Was Osama bin Laden really killed?
The most persistent question about the May 2, 2011, mission is whether bin Laden was really there and, if so, whether he was killed.
The official account is that a woman in the compound pointed to one of three doors and said bin Laden was hiding behind it. The SEALs shot down the door with bullets and grenades and then found bin Laden nearby, also wounded. He struggled as they took him down and then died from his injuries.
But some critics say that doesn’t add up. How could a woman inside the compound identify bin Laden? They argue that he might have been someone else — perhaps a bodyguard — and that the SEALs shot the wrong man.
Other skeptics say there’s no way a woman could identify anyone in the house by face — it was too dark — so she must have recognized his voice or by his shape or some other clue.
Who fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden?
As stated before, the SEAL Team 6 operators that entered the room where Osama bin Laden was sleeping and killed him were Devil-Dog, Fury, Jinx, Kilroy 2, Mako, and Neptune.
Devil-Dog also mentioned that there were two people on his team who entered the room prior to him and his teammate. They both confirmed that no one else was in the room except for Osama bin Laden.
He also mentioned that all of the shots fired at Osama bin Laden and his bodyguards were confirmed as hits. There were no stray bullets that hit anything other than their intended target. All of the shots were very precise and accurate.
All of the operators on the mission took photos with their personal cameras prior to entering the compound. They were not allowed to take photos inside of the compound for security reasons which is why none of them have any pictures inside of Bin Laden’s bedroom.
What does a navy seal do when they retire?
After a SEAL completes his or her tour of duty, they can choose to retire or continue to work. If they choose to retire, they can pursue a number of jobs, including security operations and military training.
Many SEALs choose to start their own security operations or training companies where they are able to pass down the knowledge they gained during their service. Others take jobs with existing security companies and/or military training positions.
Some SEALs even go on to run for political office! Carl Doe, a former SEAL who served in the Iraq War, ran for Congress in Massachusetts’s Fifth District in 2012. He lost the election by about 2,000 votes but said he was grateful for the opportunity to talk about his campaign issues.
There are no hard and fast rules about what SEALs do after their service, but many pride themselves on being able to continue helping people through their new careers.
Get your book published
Once you have written your book, it is time to get it published. If you are willing to pay for services, there are many people who will help you publish your book.
The first option is to go to Amazon and look up how to publish a book. They have easy instructions and a guide on how to price and sell your book.
The second option is to go to a publishing house and have them publish your book. This can be difficult as they may not want your book unless it meets certain standards.
Either way, once it is published, promote it and let other people do the rest! People love books so there will most likely be buyers out there.