Long live the Navy SEALs!

They’re the baddest badasses around!

What a relief to know that when Americans — or others — are in dire straits, the mighty U.S. Special Forces are a parachute jump away. Like panthers waiting to pounce on prey, U.S. Navy SEALs demonstrated — once again — why pond scum is no match for the planet’s most unrivaled counter-terrorism unit.

Slick sharpshooters swooped into Somalia last week and pulled off a night raid daring enough to daunt even a Hollywood superhero, safely rescuing humanitarian workers Jessica Buchanan (from Ohio), and Danish citizen Poul Hagen Thisted, whom pirates were holding hostage in the central Galmudug region for the past three months.

Nine kidnappers were killed in the dramatic siege, but the SEALs — the very same who rooted out and blew away Osama bin Laden last May — sought no praise or limelight for completing their critical mission with expected success. Finishing the job quickly, without superfluous collateral damage, is a tradition for the legendary Naval Special Warfare Development Team — also known as DevGru or SEAL Team Six — whose specialists spend years training to develop, perfect and improve upon their eye-popping, heart-pounding skills for a job few would want, and fewer still would have the stomach for.

The SEALs are on active duty even while asleep — with one eye open — and ever ready to employ their full rainbow of combat power to subdue the enemy. Their mind-blowing assignments — ranging from special reconnaissance, unconventional warfare and foreign internal defense, to counter-drug and security assistance operations — require them to be physically and mentally stronger than their adversaries by training for war and fighting to win.

“They have gazelle legs, no waist, a huge upper body configuration, and almost a mental block that says, ‘I will not fail,’ ” Richard Marcinko, the retired Navy SEAL commander who created the elite Team Six in 1980, told ABC News.

There isn’t a price high enough to be placed on these extraordinary warriors — nor an award noble enough — to express our gratitude to them for foiling terror and protecting U.S. interests around the world. Their fearless muscle in the line of duty serves to warn evil-doers that if they endanger American lives, our blue chip rescuers are ready, willing, and able to hunt them down, capture them, and kill them if necessary.

The SEALs have historically been the choice for liberation whenever an American is in trouble — a sound selection given their aptitude and composure under extreme situations. We are forever in the debt of these unsung heroes, whom the Vietcong once dubbed “the men with green faces” and whose trademark is to attack stealthily from the sea before returning to it just as silently.

They conquered off the turbulent high seas of the Horn of Africa — one of the most complex and conflicted areas of the world — by parachuting in undetected, and moving ashore on foot to the lair of kidnappers sleeping off the drug-like effects of the stimulant leaf khat.

The operation was no small task, and certainly not for the faint hearted. For the humble, ultra-efficient SEALs, though, it was just another day on the job.


Read Shavana Abruzzo column every Friday on BrooklynDaily.com. Reach her by e-mail at sabruzzo@cnglocal.com.

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