Joint Task Force Neptune
Osama Bin Laden Raid Force
Joint Task Force Neptune was the name given to the raiding force that conducted the mission to kill or capture al-Qaeda's leader Osama Bin Laden, codenamed Operation Neptune Spear, in Abbottabad, Pakistan on 1-2 May 2011. The raiding force was reportedly made up of members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU; commonly referred to as "SEAL Team 6"), the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and possibly members of US Army's Delta Force and other elements.
Training for the raid was reported to have been conducted in the United States at Harvey Point, North Carolina, as well as in Afghanistan, possibly at Bagram Air Base. The raid itself was reported to have been launched from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, closer to the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border. The raid resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden and the capture of valuable intelligence information.
On 10 May 2011, Joint Task Force Neptune was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action against armed enemy forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during the period from 17 March to 2 May 2011. During that time, the citation noted that Joint Task Force Neptune conducted extensive intelligence analysis and developed detailed operational plans in preparation of an extremely sensitive surgical operation against the cornerstone of the al-Qaeda worldwide terrorism network. Combining the entire spectrum of the latest modern technological equipment with interagency support, the unit planned a detailed scheme of maneuver against the main command element of the enemy force. Upon direction of President Obama, acting as as Commander in Chief of the United States Military, the force flawlessly executed the complex tactical operation with superior precision resulting in the overwhelming success of the mission.
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