NSWG-4, Little Creek, VA

The Naval Special Warfare Group-4, NSWG-4, was established Oct. 2002 as a result of NSW-21 Restructure Force changes. the Group is located at Little Creek, Naval Amphibious Base in Va. She is subordinate to US SOCOM and Naval Special Warfare Command. NSWG-4's subordinate units are Special Boat Teams 12, 20, and 22. NSWG-4 is tasked to organize, equip and train SWCC crews to assigned combatant craft at the Special Boat Teams to support Naval Special Warfare.

The Group is responsible for the development and testing of Combatant craft and associated ordinance and equipment.. She is also responsible for the development and evaluating operational doctrine, tactics and procedures. NSWG-4 monitors and certifies the Combat Readiness of assigned craft and SWCC.

Her Operational areas of responsibility is the Worlds coastal and riverine areas. NSWG-4 is a Staff Organization, commanded by a senior SEAL Captain with many departments filled by SEALs and senior SWCC holding positions in Operations, Training and Command Master Chief.

(01-20-10) Here's a great chart that shows how the SWCC/Boats fit into Naval Special Warfare.  ->

GWV PBRMKI and Monument by NSWG-4 The Modern SWCC never will forget their ROOTS 


(added 06-01-2010)   Capt Charles Wolf interview for Nov/Dec 2009 Special Operations Technology Magazine.
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NSWG-4 CMC is SBCM Pat Battles.
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The C.O. of NSWG-4 and SEAL Vets talk about the history of NSW Boats in this video clip.

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USMI produced this prototype for consideration as the new Combatant Craft for NSW
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Another view of the USMI prototype.. It was not chosen and lost out to Oregon Iron Works prototype
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Oregon Iron Works produced the winning Boat it is now the Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) for Naval Spec
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The CCM being trailered
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The CCM sporting its new Digital Camouflage
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  NSWG-4 tested out the Stilleto After view of Stilleto recovering ZODIAC

NSWG-4 -  ON TARGET a SWCC qualified as Joint Terminal Attack Controller uses video downlink technology to call in Air Support during a Joint Exercise in N.C.



A Special Thanks to Mass Communications Specialist Katt Whittenberger PAO of NSWG-4 (2007-2010) for her support and friendship with warboats.org.

The Chief has got to get some hands on to write the story correctly.

Many of the photos of the Modern SWCC Teams are hers, as well as the stories on warboats.org. It's the PAO's that get the word out on the SWCC Teams and OPSEC in place.

Here is a special selection of her work.


Special Boat Unit History Special Boat Unit history VBSS development      

SEALION II craft visited the Washington Navy Yard July 16-17. The purpose of the visit was to allow Navy officials and interested member of Congress and their staffs to see the craft and learn more about its design and technology.     More stories here
The Navy's SEAL (Sea Air Land Commandos) Insertion, Observation and Neutralization craft.

NSWG-4 Sealion on step

Stern View

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Sealion on Trailer        

Wave Rider: Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen Deliver the Fight to the Adversary. An interview with Captain Evin H. Thompson Commander Naval Special Warfare Group Four

NSW Forces Receive Presidential Unit Citation (Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:44:41 -0500)

By Journalist 3rd Class Christopher Menzie, Naval Special Warfare Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald C. Winter presented one of the nation's highest military awards to a Naval Special Warfare task group and its subordinate tactical and support elements May 10 during a ceremony at Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command.  more here

Naval Special Warfare Group 4 Holds Historic Conference
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 21:59:22-0500
By Naval Special Warfare Group 4 Public Affairs

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare Group 4 (NSWG 4) hosted more than 50 leaders of U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) premier, special boat community for its 2006 Commander's Conference in September.  more here

07-18-07    Hey Jim:  Great Website, I'll send the link out through out the community.   How are things going?

We now have 3 types of Combatant Craft in the community:
     Combatant Craft-H: Heavy
     Combatant Craft-M: Medium

     Combatant Craft-L: Light 

These will now be the official lingo of our SOF Maritime Surface Craft. We have a lot of stuff in the plans. New Craft are on the horizon, the community is getting larger and healthier, etc....

It is a great time to be part of the SWCC Community. FYI, Commodore Thompson, my boss, will be the guest speaker in the fall at the SBU-11 Reunion.  Take Care and keep in touch!

 R/  Scott  CMDCM(SWCC/SW) Scott Harris Command Master Chief/NSWG-4

(01-29-08) BOOTHBAY, Maine - Navy SEALs are tough by nature, but they take a beating from their patrol boats: bruises, bumps and sore backs, even sprained ankles and chipped teeth.   more here

(03-15-08)  SWCC Community Looks to the Future
LITTLE CREEK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 4, U.S. Special Operations Command's premier special boat community, held a commander's conference Nov. 26-28 on Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek.  details here

(08-18-08) Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 4 transferred to another set of hands during a change of command ceremony July 31 outside NSWG 4 headquarters. Capt. Charles T. Wolf relieved Capt. Evin H. Thompson as commander of NSWG 4.   details here

(01-20-09) Naval Special Warfare Operational Support Group and its subordinate commands, Operational Support Teams 1 and 2, were redesignated Naval Special Warfare Group 11 and SEAL Teams 17 and 18 on Aug. 1 during a ceremony at the Naval Amphibious Base.  details here

(07-22-09) NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare Group 4 (NSWG-4), U.S. Special Operations Command's (SOCOM) maritime surface mobility component, faces an interesting task in a time when focus is almost completely concentrated on a ground war: how to stay relevant now and engaged ten years in the future.  details here

(08-23-09) Training Enhances Skills to Increase - LAS CALDERAS, Dominican Republic (NNS) - U.S. Navy Special Warfare combatant-craft crewmen (SWCC) conducted a joint combined exchange training (JCET) with members of the Dominican Republic Navy June 18-Aug 7.

The purpose of this JCET was to strengthen the partnership between the United States and the Dominican Republic Navy. This training exercise is held annually at the invitation of the Dominican Republic and focuses on supporting its counterdrug mission.
details here

(06-01-2010) NAVAL BASE SANGLEY POINT, Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- Flash Piston, a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) program June 9-29 sponsored by the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines, allowed U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) to share highly specialized training with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts. The program concluded at Philippine Naval Base Sangley Point.  details here

(04-28-2011) Mobilty of NSW assets is a big Requirement yet often over looked by SEALs and Fast SBT Combatant Craft and SDVs. Yet all need a Base to operate from. The Mobile Seabase for NSW assets is not a new concept. Yet remains behind the scope of glamour in NSW. Yet very much a critical asset for deployed NSW units Often Naval Special warfare will "Contract" a Vessel, often through MSC to support the deploying NSW Units. All Manner of Vessels can be used to meet mission requirements.

One of these Vessels was the HSV-X1 a experimental Ship designed as a High Speed Ferry and it caught the eye of Naval Special Warfare.

It "was" a contract NSW asset. It was used to prove proof of concept...and during Iraqi Freedom it would deploy to WAR in 2003

SBC Tom Folkeson USNR  says..It's no longer in the inventory, but cannot answer if it was a positive experience. I left the day she deployed.

I was supposed to be the SWCC aboard, liaison and navigation adviser. I ended up being the navigation adviser and expert on ECDIS installation, overseeing the contractors installation.  I wrote the NSW HSV NAVDORM. I also made sure the ship was 100% chartless capable. No paper charts needed. It complied with both IMO and USNAVDORM compliance. It took me 6 months of nothing but reading and writing navigation policy from both the Navy's and International Maritime Organization.

They also radically changed out the boat cast and recovery system. Although it was already in the plans, I think I had some influence on the building of it. When I first saw the thing, it was evident it wasn't sturdy enough and time in the water underway was quite hazardous in any WX. They beefed it up and installed a quick release and quick lock system that they just drove the boats onto and a lift system hoisted the boat so they could put it on a trailer much easier. Basically, it was a "Y" shaped lift. The stem of the "Y" was permanently attached to the ship on a hinge and the boats drove into the "Y". The boats would line up and drive to just over ships speed to land onto the platform, once locked into the "Y" cradle, it would hoist the boat. Launching was just the reverse, basically dumped the boat by releasing the lock and starting the engines while sliding down into the water. Thank God I didn't design it, nor had to drive a boat onto it. Pretty rough ride even in calm seas.

All the ships I visited in my quest for info on ECDIS, used a civilian $600.00 Garmin GPS chart plotter for navigation. The Navy's ECDIS took up a 3' wide from deck to overhead space in the charts rooms. The system I over-saw was two computer towers, like your desk top at home, and two 24" screens to navigate by, mouse and ability to correct over satellites by down loading chart corrections straight from the internet secure site. No more erasers and drawing in corrections. It was also real time with inputs for wind, tide, current and even bathometric charts like submarines used. We could also upload photo's of uncharted buildings or landmarks that were unique for visual reference next time someone came into that port.

If it wasn't for the HSV being a leased and foreign built ship, I think I could've been credited with overseeing the first functional and certified "working" ECDIS system in the Navy.

Now, don't go thinking that any of this is secret squirrel, civilians use the very same program every day. ECDIS stands for "Electronic Chart Display Information System". It's full color charting and navigation. All tracks are input into the computer, PIMS are input and the computer figures out the courses, enter speeds and it can calculate/estimate fuel consumption and even predict which navigational stars are in the sky based on your location. It was awesome.  

SBC Tom Folkesson USNR,..... Capt. 100T as a Civilian


USSOCOM Awards New Combatant Craft Contracts (12-29-2011)  The United States Special Operations Command representatives have awarded two Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts for the design, build, delivery and testing of test articles for the Combatant Craft, Medium Mark 1 (CCM MK 1) program.  More Here

NAVSPECWARCOM - New assets, changing roles and missions  (12-29-2011)    Established in October 2002, Naval Special Warfare Group-4 (NSWG-4) is tasked to organize, equip, and train Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen at subordinate Special Boat Teams to support Naval Special Warfare (NSW) activities around the world.   More Here

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A SWCC from ST-18 down South work with a Nigarauquan boat unit.
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    NSWG-4 CPO coin shaped like the CCM boat and functions as a bottle opener
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