Swedish special operations forces train with US Naval Special Warfare Command
At the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS), the Swedish training incorporated riverine scenarios with NSWG-4 commands Special Boat Team 22 and the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School to increase interoperability and further relationships with strategic partners.
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The unique location of the Stennis Space Center allows U.S. partners and allies, and NSW maritime mobility platforms access to the Western Maneuver Area, which offers some of the finest riverine and coastal training areas in the world. (Picture source: Facebook page of USSOCOM)
NAVSCIATTS (Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School)
NAVSCIATTS trains and educates foreign Special Operations Forces, SOF-like forces and SOF enablers across the tactical, operational and strategic spectrums through in-residence and Mobile Training Team Courses of Instruction; and serves as USSOCOM's premier Security Force Assistance training asset. Almost 13,000 students from more than 120 Partner Nations have trained with this Naval Special Warfare command since 1963.
NAVSCIATTS Courses of Instruction include operations, repairs, sustainment of craft (both riverine and littoral), communications, weapons, small unit tactics, range safety, UAS, intel fusion operations as well as Partner Nation instructor development for all of the aforementioned courses. While the name implies, "naval" and "small craft," more than half of the current courses apply to any security force.
In addition, NAVSCIATTS has the ability to meet emergent requirements from operational commanders. As SOCOM's premier BY…WITH…and THROUGH DoD unit, NAVSCIATTS' five regionally focused in-resident training semesters assist in developing, shaping, and maintaining strategic relationships with diverse Partner forces. By harnessing these vital relationships, this enables the protection of United States' investments and also advances the interests of the U.S. and its Partner Nations.
NAVSCIATTS has a proven methodology for building partner capacity. It "Trains the Trainers" using a combination of in-resident and mobile training team engagements. The mobile training team engagements are used as a follow-on to in-resident training and utilize the NAVSCIATTS-trained Partner Nation trainers as the Instructor Cadre. This provides the ability for our Partner Nation trainers to establish credibility as Subject Matter Experts and allows NAVSCIATTS to critique and provide continued mentorship.
One of, if not the primary benefit of training with NAVSCIATTS, is relationship-building. Many of its alumni remain in contact with the staff in regards to professional matters, such as evolving technologies or ever-present training opportunities. The ability to provide training across course curriculums also provides an invaluable training opportunity and the formation of relationships. In-resident training provides the opportunity for students to network and socialize with other Security Force professionals from around the world. Offering the ability to form professional and personal bonds that reach across oceans and continents, NAVSCIATTS has allowed for the establishment of networks that have provided assistance in counter-terrorism, counternarcotic and counter human trafficking operations in a global environment.
NAVSCIATTS has a proven methodology for building partner capacity. It "Trains the Trainers" using a combination of in-resident and mobile training team engagements. (Picture source: Facebook page of USSOCOM)
Special Boat Team-22
Special Boat Team-22 was established Oct. 2002 as a result of NSW-21 force restructure changes. The Team is located at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. SBT-22 is comprised of SOCR, CAC and PBL combatant craft and deploys its SBDs regularly to Central America and South America and the Middle East. Because SBT-22 is now the only NSW Riverine unit it can be deployed to any riverine environment in the world.
Special Boat Team 22 began its history as Coastal River Divison-22 in 1972 in New Orleans La. In 1979 it became Special Boat Unit - 22. The Team's long history in Riverine warfare is distinguished in Counter-Narcotic Operations in Central and South America. SBT-22 was a frontline unit in "Iraqui Freedom 2003" and continues to serve as a frontline unit in the Global War on Terrorism.
Outgoing Special Boat Team Cmdr. Gary Ryals departs official change of command ceremonies via a simulated hot extraction in a simulated hot extraction utilizing Special Operations Craft Riverine, 09.07.2018 (Picture source: U.S. Navy/Angela Fry, Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School)