SWCC and the Future



Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft

What is SWCC?

YouTube Videos about SWCC
SWCC Part 1
SWCC Part 2
SWCC Part 3

The SWCC section here will focus on the professional development of the SWCC and will grow with articles of interest as they become available.

 THE OFFICIAL NAVY SWCC website is: http://www.sealswcc.com/swcc-default.aspx
(added 08-29-2011)

Surviving the Cut
Season 2 - US Navy SWCC
(added 08-29-2011)  
Part One   Part Two Part Three

Act of Valor
View trailer below

This is the First movie that NSW has giving full cooperation to.

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure.

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.


(10-31-06) GMCM Jim Gray (SWCC) ret.     What is SWCC? They are Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft crewmen. The SWCC are the modern descendant of the BSU, CRD, and SBU boatguy. Their history is what you, the old Boatguys have done through the decades. They wouldn't be here without your contributions to NSW history. The SWCC are the Boatguys of today serving in Special Boat Teams and making their own history and adding to ours, for we are a Brotherhood. Read more here.


SWCC student "Rat Art."

Art work of Brian McCauley

Original SWCC School Instructors - by Lee Estes

The first SWCC class was in 1990. It was started using the old Seafox course as a base. The guy that got the ball rolling was ENC Bob Curtis. He was an old Vietnam Boat Guy; I first meet him when we were station at the boat unit in Panama (84-87) He was at SBU-12 before he came over to the school house.

I was at SBU-20 (88-91) when I got my orders. Bill Redmond and Mike Andre from SBU-12 were next. We then put out a call to all of the Boat Units for help at writing and putting together a real Boat Guy course. What we got was BMCS Kelly Webb (SBU-26), BMCM Frank Walters (SEAL) and QM2 David Wylie (SBU-12)  and these guys were sent TAD for six months. SBU- 11/12/13 /20/24/26 all sent guys for a short time. The next class was held in 1992 and it was five weeks long. Bob ran the school house for another year until 1993 and then I took over. I had it for a little more than a year. Steve Bronson came on board; he made E7 and took over. He held it for about three months and I took over until I left in late 1995.

QMCS Hector Morales was my relief. This is about the time that we (SWCC) got our first detailer. I took one of four boat guy billets in Bahrain (95-96). My next assignment was SBU-12 (96-99) and my last was SBU/T-22 (99-03). Since my retirement I have worked at an Alligator ranch in La, for the U.S. Park Police in Washington DC. I now live in NC and work for Blackwater doing what I learned as a boat guy. My name is Lee Estes

(03-10-08) LCDR Jack Spratt's remarks to Combatant Craft Crewman Class 26 on 20 November 1998.   Twenty-nine years ago this month, I was finishing up a course of instruction in Mare Island, California, at the Naval Inshore Operations Training Center (NIOTC), learning how to become a crewman on a Fast Patrol Craft, or SWIFT Boat. It was our training prior to going to Viet Nam.  Read it here

In the beginning SWCC school was small as the first photo shows SWCC instructors and Students together on Graduation. However the SWCC program has grow dramatically as evidence by the large instructor staff seen in these photos taken on a SWCC Graduation 2007.

  SWCC Logo  

SWCC School sign The NEW SWCC Building  SWCChtm a cool guy  recruiting poster Lots of pushups and Instructors for motivation There will be Classroom instruction and written tests on what you've learned

SWCC hopefulls in their element treading water in uniform with hands above water.. Tough exercises.
Waterwork with line recovering weapons and gear Sometimes a class needs more motivation SWCC class now move out to the boats

SWCC hopefulls assigned boats SWCC hopefulls get their hands on a 11METER RHIB (CCM) A SWCC Class graduates they made the grade and now wear the SB rate.  Riverine monitor CCB-18 in background SWCC Graduation at Chisum field NAB Cornado  showing their pride in their "ROOTS"
SOCRHIB(CCM) at graduation showing the present
At graduation the SWCC is awarded their insignia, as qualified SWCC and will now go out and make history of their own The SWCC Creed SWCC Challenge Coin In Times of Crisis, Some Run Toward the Fight. GIANT version for great printing.


SWCC Instructor passes on "Pearls of Wisdom". Basic water survival. Basic water survival. SWCC Class motivation adjustment exercise.
SWCC students learn basic boat powered by students and oars.
SWCC students Dump Boat Exercise Navigation classroom exercises. SWCC student in surf. SWCC students will swim the NSW way allot! SWCC students in the natural habitat.
The water is their home the boat their platform. Underway navigation exercise. Underway navigation exercise. Basic Boat cleaning is part of maintenance. All in the Surf.
SWCC students learn to take care of their own. SWCC Students in night "swimmer pool". SWCC CQT and in the surf again. SWCC CQT small unit tactics.
SWCC CQT small unit tactics.

Congrats to SWCC Class #65 only 17 graduated.

  SWCC Class 70 graduates and prepares to receive their moral compass. (Added 05-30-2012) SWCC Class 16
(added 08-23-2012)

11-17-06  CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- The first Special Warfare Combatant Craft (SWCC) class for the new rates of Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) and Special Warfare Operator (SO) graduated during a commencement ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Nov.9     Read more here.

The new Special Warfare Rates SO (SEAL) and SB (SWCC)

10-10-06 SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command commemorated the creation of the new Special Warfare Operator (SO) and Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) ratings in a ceremony Oct. 2 in Coronado, Calif.   Read more here

THE QUIET PROFESSIONALS OF SWCC It was a steady 15 knots through the San Diego Bay; but upon clearing the channel, the boat began to pick up speed; 17 knots, 24 knots, 36 knots in a matter of seconds.  Read more here

Commissioning Program Created for Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen - It's been a little over a year since the Navy formally recognized the Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) Program with its own designator. SWCC are responsible for operating a variety of small boats in direct support of Navy SEALs and other special operations forces.  Read more here

First SWCC Warrant Officer Commissioned - Chief Warrant Officer (CWO2) David L. Wylie III, Special Boat Team (SBT) 12 in Coronado, Calif., was commissioned as the first Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) warrant officer Oct.1, at a ceremony held aboard Naval Amphibious Base.  Read more here

 K-BAR SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare Sailors around the world will be receiving an early Christmas present to help them prepare for the next advancement exam thanks to a new leap in technology.    Read more here

(added 10-31-2011) Naval Special Warfare Center and Navy Region Southwest hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new Naval Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) Training Center of Excellence on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., May 17. Read more here

Added 03-20-09        
SWCC Students jump in. SWCC students in water listen to the wisdom of the Instructors. SWCC students passing a tow line CLICK HERE to read the
SWCC Students  on underway training on the 11 meter RHIB

Added 06-10-09   SWCC's first CWO David Wylie retires 28 May 09 after a stellar career, Hoo-Yah Dave!    

(10-26-2010) Sean Kientz on Center boat. SWCC Instructor 2000-2003 (more Sean photos at SBT-22 and SBU-12.) The SWCC Instructors: Sean had SWCC Instructor billet 2000-2003 NSWC school house boats Sean K. during  student swim training exercise Rich Evans SWCC Cen gunshoot Camp Pendleton
SWCC Student fires M-60E3 Camp Pendleton Nightshoot My Boyz Class 39 Camp Pendleton Instructor and the snake  

SWCC Candidate putting on fins for MORE water work SWCC Class 58 logo SWCC Canidates fire 50cals at Camp Pendelton.

Swimmer survial Pools


Timed swims added 08-29-2011 Knowing how to Navigate is part of being SWCC also.  

SWCC Class TWO Graduation Ceremony

added 01-27-2012 Ethos Issue 15 Naval Special Warfare Magazine


"Act of Valor" - Review the filming the movie. pdf page 9

(Their page 14)

(Added 03-27-2012) Troy Heuer  also see SBU-12 listing .

SWCC CLASS Aug 1993 

Top: QM2 Castillo,  ENFN Keating (lifeguard) 

Next row: GMG2 Steward, EN3 Vanderlist, EMFA Livengood, EMFA Russel, EMFN Kennedy, ET3 Maier, GMG2 John P Comull 

Standing: SWCC Instructor GMG1 Estes  and GMG Troy Herur 

Other part of my SWCC Class not seen
EN2 Wilson, QM2 Ken Sorvelle, BM2 Johnson,nHt2 Johnson, EN3 Little John, EN1 Hernandez, HM Sosa

(added 08-31-2012) Marcus Calwell - SWCC Class 25

Long Day finally back at barracks at Night. Knot Tying underwater SWCC CLASS 25 on SCI Instructor Meegan shooting Boatwork on 10 meter RiIBs

Cover of one of the First Training Manuals at SWCC school 
(Added 01-22-2013)
SBU-26 art by Brian McCauley
SWCC Class 26 with Ty Lofstorm
(Added 02-16-2014)

(Added 02-12-2018) the cloth patches will be wore on the camouflage uniforms (Added 02-12-2018) New SWCC pin(Added 02-12-2018) SWCC flipper coin
(Added 02-12-2018)

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