Today, the U.S. Navy faces a limited traditional naval threat. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Navy's focus has drifted from the traditional responsibilities of a blue-water navy.1
It is not among the service's base responsibilities to conduct interdiction operations thousands of miles inland, yet it continues to do so in combating terrorism. With operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy must adapt to support the operations of its service counterparts and the mission at hand. With Navy special operations identified as an issue of concern, these forces would benefit tremendously from an aviation unit dedicated to their mission. Their requirements demand a special operations helicopter unit.