(ESQUIRE) The reason we knew this was a special mission, the Shooter said as our interviews about the bin Laden operation began, is because we'd just finished an Afghanistan deployment and were on a training trip, diving in Miami, when a few of us got recalled to the Command in Virginia Beach. Another SEAL Team 6 team was on official standby—normally that's the team that blows out for a contingency operation.
But they were not chosen, to better cloak what was going to happen.
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There was so much going on—the Libya thing, the Arab Spring. We knew something good was going to go down. We didn't know how good.