Six: A Review

By  | March 23, 2017 | Filed under: News

The History Channel recently released a Television Show called “Six.”     The series chronicles the Operations and daily lives of Operators who are part of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), more commonly known as SEAL Team Six, which is one of the U.S. Armed Forces primary counter-terrorism units.

First, let’s get some information about the real Seal Team 6.   From Wikipedia:

    The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), commonly known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six is the U.S. Navy component of the Joint Special Operations Command.  DEVGRU is administratively supported by Naval Special Warfare Command and operationally commanded by the Joint Special Operations Command. Most information concerning DEVGRU is classified and details of its activities are not usually commented on by either the White House or the Department of Defense.   Despite the official name changes, “SEAL Team Six” remains the unit’s widely recognized moniker. It is sometimes referred to in the U.S. media as a Special Mission Unit.

    When SEAL Team Six was first created it was devoted exclusively to counter-terrorism with a worldwide maritime responsibility; its objectives typically included targets such as ships, oil rigs, naval bases, coastal embassies, and other civilian or military bases that were accessible from the sea or inland waterways.

   On certain operations small teams from SEAL Team Six were tasked with covertly infiltrating international high risk areas in order to carry out reconnaissance or security assessments of U.S. military facilities and embassies; and to give advice on improvements in order to prevent casualties in an event of a terrorist attack.

    Although the unit was created as a maritime counter-terrorism unit, it has become a multi-functional special operations unit with multiple roles that include high-risk personnel/hostage extractions.

 Such operations include the successful rescue of Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted, the attempted rescue of Linda Norgrove, the successful rescue of American doctor Dilip Joseph and in 1991 the successful recovery of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family during a coup that deposed him.

    They are probably most known for the Osama bin Laden Operation.  On May 1-2, 2011, DEVGRU’s Red Squadron (SEAL Team 6)  undertook the covert operation codenamed Operation Neptune Spear under the CIA‘s authority, and killed Osama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, at his compound  in the city of Abbottabad

   The attack itself lasted 38 minutes. Bin Laden’s adult son, a woman, and two couriers were also killed.   There were no casualties to the team. They had practiced the mission “on both American coasts” and in a segregated section of Camp Alpha at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in early April 2011, using a 1 acre replica of bin Laden’s compound.    

  Modified MH-60 helicopters from the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment carried DEVGRU operators and paramilitary operatives from the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Other personnel supported with tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers from Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan

Now back to the History Channel’s “Six.”   The Show is said to be “inspired by actual events.”  I had seen the advertisements for the show, but did not think that much about it.  Recently, I had a bout of illness which left me bedridden for several days, so I started watching “Six”.  Here is a review of the Show without trying to give any spoilers away for those who have not watched it.

There are 8 Episodes in this Season of “Six.”  Checking the ratings for the show shows that it has been renewed for a Second Season.  I purchased the Series for my Kindle via Amazon Direct Video.  I am sure there are other ways to purchase or watch it such as Hulu or Netflix.

   The synopsis for this Season is centered on Richard “Rip” Taggert played by Alabama Native, Walton Goggins.  You may remember Goggins from The Shield, Sons of Anarchy and Django Unchained.  During an Operation overseas in Afganhistan, Taggert shoots an unarmed American.  Unknown at the time, the American is part of a Terrorist Cell.  Taggert resigns his Commission and takes work as Contractor overseas in Africa, guarding a School.

The School’s Children, Teacher and Employees are captured along with Taggert by a Terrorist Cell.  Taggert is identified as a former Navy SEAL.  Taggert’s former SEAL Team is tasked with getting Taggert back.  The Team has to gather information to the whereabouts of Taggert and the other Hostages.    Of course, a Raid has to be planned to get everyone back.

Let me say up front, this show is not for kids.  There is a lot of foul language, sexual situations and blood.  It basically shows the reality of everyday life.  So, I would say 18 years or older to view this show.  There is a good contrast between the personal lives of the Operators vs. their professional lives.

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In closing, I must say that I really enjoyed “Six”.  I observed the Weapons and Tactics while watching it and Hollywood got this one right.  I will tell you this much, the ending will blow you away.  I never saw that type of ending coming.  If you get a chance, I think you will enjoy watching “Six.”

 

     Bobby Inman is retired from Law Enforcement after 21 years of Service.  He owns Hammer Down Gun & Pawn located in Sheffield, Alabama.  He has articles published in Law & Order Magazine, Police Marksman Magazine, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine as well as several published ebooks on Amazon as well as Nook (Barnes & Noble).  He is owner of Poopiedog, an Animal Rescue Dachshund, who is his constant companion.   Bobby is a Correspondent for the Quad Cities Daily. 

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