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underwater demolition team

A group of officers and enlisted specially trained and equipped for making hydrographic reconnaissance of approaches to prospective landing beaches; for effecting demolition of obstacles and clearing mines in certain areas; locating, improving, and marking of useable channels; channel and harbor clearance; acquisition of pertinent data during pre-assault operations, including military information; observing the hinterland to gain information useful to the landing force; and for performing miscellaneous underwater and surface tasks within their capabilities. Also called UDT.
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On this ground, volunteers trained to become members of the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs) and Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) of World War II.
THE CYPRUS Search and Rescue Centre (CSRC) delivered two semi-rigid inflatable boats to the Larnaca municipality and the Cyprus navy's Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) on Monday, to be used for search and rescue purposes.
His late great-grandfather, Hazelton Bowden, who lived in Maine, served during World War II on the Navy's Underwater Demolition Teams, the precursor to today's SEALs.
Prior to President Kennedy's initiation of the SEALs (Sea Air and Land Teams), the amphibious warriors were known as Underwater Demolition Teams and were trained in Oceanside, California.
Kauffman received his second Navy Cross for valor in leading underwater demolition teams at Tinian in the Pacific, as well as advance demolition teams at the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
From surviving his time as a prisoner of the Germans, to his acclaimed wartime service disarming enemy bombs and establishing bomb disposal schools, to the underwater demolition teams he led at Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, America's First Frogman is an amazing true story of skill, courage, dedication, high standards, and excellence under extreme pressure.
Starting with the famed Underwater Demolition Teams of WW II, the Navy trained its frogmen in all forms of land warfare, and then taught them to parachute into action, anywhere and anytime.

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