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SEALs fast rope onto boat carried by heli in awe-inspiring exercises

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5/10/2021 Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
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Navy SEALs have been spotted fast roping onto a speedboat carried by a Chinook helicopter during awe-inspiring exercises featuring the secret Night Stalker unit in Virginia

The SEALs were ferried into the mock warzone by Black Hawk, Chinook and Little Bird helicopters belonging to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (160th SOAR) - better known as the Night Stalkers - close to Virginia Beach last week. 

One spectacular image showed Navy SEALs shimmying down ropes from a black-painted Chinook onto a stealthy combat boat which was slung underneath the helicopter as it flew above the waves.  

SEALs were seen hanging out of heavily-modified Little Birds and Black Hawks as they prepared to disembark armed with M4-style rifles modified with 'simunition' kits, providing paintball-like bullets for force-on-force training. 

There was also a massive airdrop of supplies and assault boats which were seen floating down on parachutes from Boeing C-17 transport jets. 

Taking part in the exercises were SEAL Team Six working alongside the Night Stalkers and Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen (SWCC) who were transporting them, according to The Drive.

SEAL Team Six, the naval component of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), is headquartered at Dam Neck in Virginia Beach.

The base is just 20 miles southeast of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, where other elite SEAL and US Marines Corps units are based.

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