US Special Forces rescue US hostage.

A long distance op into Niger to rescue an American farmer Philip Walton was successfully carried out.

This involved the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who provided intelligence about Walton's general location, along with Marine Corps spec ops units deployed in northwest Africa helping to determine where he was being held and Seal Team 6 who carried out the rescue.

C17’s C130 gunships and CV-22 Ospreys were all used in the operation which began just after midnight local time Saturday. The team parachuted into the area hiked about three miles to where he was being held All but one of the kidnappers were killed, one escaped

Yet one more demonstration that the US can reach out and touch whenever, wherever!

 
Excellent SF operation but why (serious question) does it always appear to be Seal Team Six involved in these things, Is there some kind of ranking system in place, ie: Graduate to 1 then 2 then 3 with 6 being the most highly trained etc?
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

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Excellent SF operation but why (serious question) does it always appear to be Seal Team Six involved in these things, Is there some kind of ranking system in place, ie: Graduate to 1 then 2 then 3 with 6 being the most highly trained etc?

It wouldn't surprise me if SEAL Team 6 wasn't a 'catch all' basket and the SF equivalent of 'tank' when talking to the media.
 

Ritch

LE
Excellent SF operation but why (serious question) does it always appear to be Seal Team Six involved in these things, Is there some kind of ranking system in place, ie: Graduate to 1 then 2 then 3 with 6 being the most highly trained etc?

Each SEAL team has their own specialty - submarine warfare, mobility, air troop etc. Each SEAL team apart from Six are classed as Tier 2 Special Forces. When a SEAL applies to Six, they have to undertake a lot more training to cover stuff the regular Teams don't cover.

Tier 1 consists of SEAL Team 6, Delta and the Green Berets.
 

chrisg46

LE
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Each SEAL team has their own specialty - submarine warfare, mobility, air troop etc. Each SEAL team apart from Six are classed as Tier 2 Special Forces. When a SEAL applies to Six, they have to undertake a lot more training to cover stuff the regular Teams don't cover.

Tier 1 consists of SEAL Team 6, Delta and the Green Berets.

Dont think Green Berets are Tier 1 - That's Delta and DEVGRU (Aka Team six) only.

Tier 2 SOF
 
A long distance op into Niger to rescue an American farmer Philip Walton was successfully carried out.

This involved the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who provided intelligence about Walton's general location, along with Marine Corps spec ops units deployed in northwest Africa helping to determine where he was being held and Seal Team 6 who carried out the rescue.

C17’s C130 gunships and CV-22 Ospreys were all used in the operation which began just after midnight local time Saturday. The team parachuted into the area hiked about three miles to where he was being held All but one of the kidnappers were killed, one escaped

Yet one more demonstration that the US can reach out and touch whenever, wherever!

Do they know where Kent is?
 
The reporter got the wrong month. probably. Friday was 30 October. 32 dead terrorists and a couple of motorbikes reduced to shrapnel is not a bad score.
 
The reporter got the wrong month. probably. Friday was 30 October. 32 dead terrorists and a couple of motorbikes reduced to shrapnel is not a bad score.

Unless my French translation skill is badly off the mark, they've announced an operation for a month's time! or maybe, got the wrong month

One tweet below he makes a correction to October.

The body count has been revised to 50+.

Not bad is a bit of an understatement...

 

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