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Naval Special War Unit

Thailand has a 144 man SEAL unit, which has trained with American SEALs. There are also some LRRPs and elite infantry. There is a small element within the Royal Thai Navy SEAL Teams that has been trained to conduct maritime CT missions. This unit has close ties with the U.S. Navy's own SEAL teams. In 1956 the Royal Thai Navy formed a small combat diver unit, based on the USNs UDTs. In 1965 the unit under went a reorganization, it was expanded and divided into two separate units, a USN Mobile Training Team (MTT) provided assistance. The first group was organized into a SEa, Air and Land, or SEAL team. The second group formed an Underwater Demolition Team, or UDT. The SEAL team was assigned intelligence gathering, and reconnaissance missions. Maritime CT operations have also been added to the units primary tasks. The UDTs conduct salvage operations, and underwater demolitions, and obstacle clearance operations in support of RTMC amphibious operations. SEAL and UDT training is conducted at Sattahip.

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