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Turkey’s Navy Seals are seen undergoing military training underwater

Ready, set, dive: Incredible images show Turkey’s answer to the Navy Seals undergoing military training underwater

  • Trainees and officers of the Turkish Navy’s Underwater Offence unit underwent military training this week 
  • Commandos of the unit are capable of executing sneak attacks to an opponent’s floating and shore targets 
  • The SAT unit is trained in a similar way to US Navy Seals, who have a close training relationship with them 

These incredible images show Turkey’s equivalent of Navy Seals undergoing military training underwater.

They show trainee officers and members of the specialist operation unit of the Turkish Navy known as ‘Underwater Offence’ (Su Alti Taarruz or SAT) carrying out their training in the Beykoz district of Istanbul this week.

Based in the Foca Naval Base on Turkey’s Aegean coast, commandos of the unit are capable of executing sneak attacks, raiding and sabotage to an opponent’s floating and shore targets.

They can also penetrate enemy perimeters via the sea, air, land and underwater.

SAT missions include acquiring military intelligence, special reconnaissance, direct action, counter-terrorism and visit, board, search and seizure operations.

The first SAT units were established in 1963 and they are trained and organised in a way that is similar to US Navy Seals – who have close training relationship with them.

Trainee officers and members of the ‘Underwater Offence’ (SAT), the special operation unit of the Turkish Navy are seen during their military training at Beykoz district of Istanbul, Turkey on September 18

Commandos of 'Underwater Offence Group Command' are capable of executing sneak attack, raiding and sabotage to opponent's floating and shore targets

Commandos of ‘Underwater Offence Group Command’ are capable of executing sneak attack, raiding and sabotage to opponent’s floating and shore targets

penetrating on enemy perimeters with sea, air, land and underwater movementspenetrating on enemy perimeters with sea, air, land and underwater movements

Based in the Foca Naval Base on Turkey’s Aegean coast, the unit’s officers can also penetrate enemy perimeters via the sea, air, land and underwater

SAT missions include acquiring military intelligence, special reconnaissance, direct action, counter-terrorism and visit, board, search and seizure operations

SAT missions include acquiring military intelligence, special reconnaissance, direct action, counter-terrorism and visit, board, search and seizure operations

The first SAT units were established in 1963 and they are trained and organised in a way that is similar to US Navy Seals – who have close training relationship with them

The first SAT units were established in 1963 and they are trained and organised in a way that is similar to US Navy Seals – who have close training relationship with them

An armed member of the special operation unit is seen training in uniform in the water in the Beykoz district of Istanbul

An armed member of the special operation unit is seen training in uniform in the water in the Beykoz district of Istanbul

The 'Underwater Offence' members and trainee officers are seen on a boat during their military training in Istanbul, Turkey 

The ‘Underwater Offence’ members and trainee officers are seen on a boat during their military training in Istanbul, Turkey 

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