Special Warfare Boat Operators support and perform maritime Special Operations in open ocean, littoral, and riverine environments. They provide maritime insertion and extraction of Special Operations Forces (SOF) and others.
SBs possess unique skills in the operation, maintenance, and repair of specially configured combatant craft, and they operate small arms and crew-served weapons. They operate, maintain and repair tactical communications equipment, and use paradrop techniques to insert combatant craft.
Other skills include small boat tactics, tactical ground mobility, trauma care, intelligence gathering and interpretation, and chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear defense measures.
Military Duties Translated:
Arrange repairs, fuel, and supplies for vessels.
Clean boats and repair hulls and superstructures, using hand tools, paint, and brushes.
Direct safety operations in emergency situations.
Maintain equipment such as range markers, fire extinguishers, boat fenders, lines, pumps, and fittings.
Organize and direct the activities of crew members.
Report any observed navigational hazards to authorities.
Service motors by performing tasks such as changing oil and lubricating parts.
Tow, push, or guide other boats, barges, logs, or rafts.