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The Naval Special Operations Group of the Philippine Navy

November 9, 2019


Strength, agility, endurance, and mental toughness. These are the basic qualities a candidate must posses to join the Philippine Navy’s
elite force. On the average, fifty candidates will
take a shot, but only 50% or less will make it through. Becoming a member of the
Navy Special Operations Group, or NAVSOG, the highly specialized elite
force of the Philippine Navy requires mastery of
tactical operations including sabotage, psychological, and unconventional warfare. Actually, in the NAVSOG, we have… 472 personnel and these personnel are… they are highly trained
personnel. Becuase of their training… They are trained to survive
any kind of terrain any kind of weather. As we say here, it is about eight… eight months more or less, eight months of training that ensures… only the strong survive. There are 4 specializations
that they are trained in. One is… the SEAL team operator. They are the main force of
the NAVSOG. They are the ones who conduct
direct action. And then they are also those
who are trained in… explosive ordnance disposal. They are the ones who “renders safe” the unexploded ordnance or the improvised explosive
devices. There are also those that train
under the “special boat” for special boat operations. These special boats are mainly used to… insert or extract our SEAL teams, our main force. And then… our divers. They are trained for open-circuit closed circuit and deep-sea diving. So, basically, those are
the specialized skills of a NAVSOG and that how the naval forces
utilize us. And in order to become a
full fledged SEAL, or a combatant specialzed
in sea air and land operations, a candidate must subsist a series of extreme physical
and mental exhaustion. So, the number one training that
we provide. before you become a SEAL team… of the NAVSOG is the basic underwater
demolition SEAL course. Then after BUDS is the
SEAL qualification training. During BUDS, we focus on the physical and
the mental development so that when they start
their SQT they can focus on their skills
and leadership skills of each member of the class. Dreaming of being a SEAL is easy. Living it is hard. It’s 10 months of physical
refinement to the point of pushing yourself to the
brink of mental annahiliation. Everyday that start at 0400H or 4:00AM Then, before they start with their activities… like physical training, the students say their prayers to thank God for overcoming their challenges everyday. During motivation phase, they don’t sleep until 1200H
or 12:00AM in preparation for “Hell Week” where they don’t get to
sleep for one week. Training is rigourous and
highly selective. Designed to foster an expertise
in SEAL operations, special boat operations, marksmanship in the field, underwater operations, explosives ordnance disposal and airborne opertions Out of all the accomplishments
that I have led my unit in one major accomplishment was… in Basilan in… when we targeted… Can I mention names? OFF SCREEN: Yes, you can. During… When we operated Furiji Indama
and Isnilon Hapilon. But, our most notable was
during Zamboanga. I can say that it’s a major
accomplishemnt because… If… Number one: If the NAVSOU-6
wasn’t there… If they weren’t able to stop
them out in the sea, maybe… they would have captured the
whole of Zamboanga So… because NAVSOU-6 was there So… before they infiltrated the area,
they had to engage two of our boats where one of our teammates died and six more were wounded before they penetrated the area. When they penetrated
Zamboanga’s shoreline that’s when task force Zamboanga
was alarmed. Then, WESMINCOM was informed of the
situation which is… where we were under that time. With everything that a SEAL
does, there should always be a plan. You should have a plan A, plan B
if possible, plan C, plan D. The first thing we do is planning So, our plan is based off the
intel that we receive. If the intel that they
feed us with is good, our plan will also
be good. So, after we come up with a plan,
we’ll present it to our officers If they approve it, they’ll give us the mission. The next thing we’ll do is rehearse. We’ll rehearse what we’ll do in
the area during the operation. We’ll also prepare our
equipment, all of the equipment. We’ll test fire, arrange our rigs. Check everything, our comms, everything. So… For every team, each one
has a designation during preparation. One is assigned on comms, the other is preparing
the supplies… Everything! everything that you
need for the mission someone is designated to
prepare it for the team. As tough as it may seem, NAVSOG strives to complete
its mission of moulding elite soldiers with top of the line equipment
and support. So, this is our… technical diving equipment for deep sea. Here in NAVSOG, our equipment is capable of
mixing our own mixed gas that we need. Here, we can mix our own gasses to our
specifications, which depth, how long we need
to stay underwater, what gasses we need to mix we can make it here. So, this is our portable
recompression chamber. This is what we use during
technical and deep sea diving missions. We use this first
in case of emergency especially in dive sites that have no recompression
chamber facilities. So, this is what we use when
our divers get the bends, we place them inside here and then we transport them from
the dive site to this recompression chamber
where we do our treatment. This is the recompression
chamber twin lock out here you can see
the depth guage. This represents the depth our
diver is experiencing inside. And then, we have the communication
and control panel, you can see all the lights here. And then, this is the
communication. Through here, this is where the patients
enter… they go inside here… As soon as they’re ready inside, they’ll find the bibs
or oxygen bibs inside which they’ll use during treatment. Once they’re inside, we seal
the inner lock. This comes with two doors,
the inner and the outer lock. So, when we close the inner lock or… when we close it like this the recompression chamber
is now ready to… pressurize so it can
simulate the actual dive which is what we’re doing here. It could have been fate it could have been a calling but destiny favors the prepared one thing separates
the succesfulfrom the rest determination Several reasons push SEAL
recruits to take the challenge But what differs each
from the other is the drive to make it through Almost all of the phases in
training is memorable for me. As they say, “The only easy day
was yesterday.” Yesterday was easier than today because we already overcame yesterday’s
training So, the harder one is
still to come. Here, there is no time to relax. You have to be motivated… everyday. You always have to make yourself
stronger If you can do 100 pushups today tomorrow you need to able
to do 101 pushups. During hell week, it’s one week
without sleeping It’s really hard because
you’re not allowed to sleep you have to keep going
24/7 without sleep and at the same time, you have
to go through evolutions such as… distance paddling, rock portage, that’s where you… carry rubberboats. That’s where I had
a hard time In my head, I thought that
there’s no turning back I just went with the flow. Whatever activity they have for us
that day, I just endured it and I overcame it. Without noticing, I just realized that it’s all over. I just thought to myself that,
the reason this is difficult is because this the elite. And then… I thought to myself, I am already here, in the first place, I’ve already spent 6 months here so,
why would I quit now? All of my hardships would be
for nothing. There’s no golden ticket for civilians
wanting to join the military. Neither is there an easy way for soldiers
advancing themselves in all stages of their military career It’s either you have what it takes or you don’t… And in an extreme environment like the
Navy SEAL training school there’s no room for comfort. After all, It does no less than maintain a nation’s
strong and capable maritime force.

19 Comments

  • Reply Fortunato Wenceslao November 8, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    This is well done. No more hazing needed to be professional and effective in our corp.

  • Reply teEt espEjo November 8, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    "The only easy day was yesterday."

  • Reply Christian Calonge November 9, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Hooyah!!

  • Reply AVC Band Rehearsal Studio November 9, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Snappy Salute!

  • Reply BERN November 9, 2019 at 12:28 am

    #palaka

  • Reply ralph ente November 9, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Good job DSTV. More documentaries of Philippines' elite units to come. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œโค

  • Reply CB Zero November 9, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Hooyah

  • Reply Ken Sierra November 9, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Nice video sir! Pero alam kong maraming hindi pinakita ang navsog hehe. Anyway, sana mabigyan din po kayo ng passes sa LRR para maka gawa ng ganitong video (kahit sa palagay ko medyo malabo pa sa ngayon). Hooaah Sir. Snappy salute!

  • Reply AFP Modernization Program Updates November 9, 2019 at 2:42 am

    good job DSTV! More power to you guys! And to the members of the NAVSOG, godspeed to you all! You may operate behind the scenes but we will never take for granted what you are doing for this country! A snappy salute to all of you!

  • Reply Gabriel Javier November 9, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Maybe in the future you can make a video about the armor div, plus theyโ€™re having tanks soon as part of their modernization

  • Reply Asus Asus November 9, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Nice video! Still waiting for a video about the reserve force. Hope you had clips from the recent MOBEX 2019 from camp o donnell

  • Reply Rhon Ethelbert Ducos November 9, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Please make a video on all SOF units as well

  • Reply Pacoy TV November 9, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Sir pwede nyo din po ba i cover yung Arescom located sa tanza cavite. Ganda ng cinematics at flow ng video nyo po!

  • Reply Joel Aujero November 9, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    If you like to become a soldier, whether in navy, army, or air Force, remember the fundamental motivation: you are motivated by death not life. If you abandon your comrades in combat action or operation that is called "defection". You are candidate for Court Marshall, a military court for being a coward.

  • Reply Louie Mark November 9, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Finally! After a long time. Thanks DSTV!

  • Reply wordlast dark November 9, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    This unit is very secretive no one know what they do and accomplish before this video but they don't allowed to video or film their main equipment that is just like an ordinary equipment and training ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญโœŒ๏ธ

  • Reply Shuzaoski November 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    As a multimedia practitioner and soon to be enlisted personnel of the PH Army, I'm super impressed and thankful for these kind of quality videos showcasing our armed forces. More power and content sa inyo DSTV! Gagamitin ko lahat ng natutunan ko in my field to promote and provide quality photos and videos for our armed forces. Just like what you guys do! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply Adrian Douglas Co November 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Great short documentary guys.

    One thing i really notice though, is that the 710th special operations wing of the Philippine Air Force is very rarely featured.
    Can you guys feature them too?

  • Reply Joeychristian Katalbas November 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    More episodes please….๐Ÿ’ช

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