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SEAL Team - Operational Loadouts - BLACKBURN



Whenever Bravo team are deployed, behind the scenes there is a huge amount of; preparation, intelligence gathering, equipment sorting and manpower to support them. They may operate as a 6 man team, but take into account all of the staff based in the TOC (Tactical Operations Center), air crew, local intelligence agents etc, you're easily talking 30+ people at a minimum. One of those key underpinning figures is Lieutenant Commander Eric BLACKBURN who is the senior lead for Bravo team. He's present on nearly every mission co-ordinating the team and liaising with local and supporting forces and whilst tested by 1B9 Jason Hayes, he backs him and the team up as he knows he can rely on them. Whilst he does get screen time generally in every episode based in the TOC, there are also several times he's taken on an active role in support of Bravo on the ground.


This blog was written to illuminate the role of BLACKBURN and highlight some of the kit and equipment that he's used whilst deployed.


BLACKBURN


In BLACKBURNs role, he's generally seen within three operating areas;


TOC - role within the TOC is to; run operations, direct staff and ultimately co-ordinate and tie together the various elements required on each mission to ensure operational success.


Active - has taken on active duty as a trained Tier 1 operator in support of Bravo when deployed in Afghanistan, Mexico and Venezuela. His rank doesn't hinder him from deploying if necessary as first and foremost he is a trained SEAL.


Training - involved in the training and co-ordination of Bravo off the field. During the majority of training preparations undertaken by Bravo, BLACKBURN is there to provide support and feedback whilst pushing them to their limits to improve them.



Season 1


Episode 18 - Credible Threat

Urban environment - Jalalabad, Afghanistan.


In the 'Credible Threat' episode, Bravo team are deployed to Jalalabad to protect a number of politicians and DOD officials who were mistakenly identified as the primary targets of a hired sniper. Bravo utilise a mixture of vehicle and foot based sweeps and due to the officials and local forces involved, BLACKBURN deploys on foot alongside Bravo acting as an intermediary.



In keeping with Bravos standard deployment loadout and disruptive pattern, BLACKBURN utilises near identical kit to the rest of Bravo although of note as expected from his role, he has dual comms to allow direct communications between those in Bravo and a link directly back to HQ. Below is a breakdown of the equipment used;


Baselayers

Mechanix TAA FastFit gloves - Coyote

Salomon LTR boots - Chocolate Brown

Bison Union Trucker Cap + Bison patch - Black & White

Bone conductor earpieces & mic - Black


1st Line Gear

Crye Precision Range Belt - Ranger Green

Crye Precision 5.56/7.62/MBITR pouch - Coyote

Crye Precision Frag Pouch - Multicam

LBT Small Blow-out kit pouch - Coyote Tan

Safariland 6378 holster - Multicam Gearskin wrap

Safariland Quick Locking System kit - Flat Earth

Safariland CUBL Cantable Belt Loop - Flat Earth


2nd Line Gear

Velocity Systems Scarab LT - Desert Digital

Triple M4 magazine pouch built into LT

S&S Precision Navboard Flipmod - Tan

Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS - Ranger green

CAT (Combat Application Tourniquet) - Black

2x U94v2 PTT (Team & HQ) - Black

Crye Precision GP Pouch 6x6x3 (Medic) - Coyote

2x Helium Whisper MBITR/152 Radio Pouches - Coyote Brown

VTAC Mk2 sling - Multicam


3rd Line Gear

Eagle Industries FILBE Molle II USMC Rucksack - Coyote Tan



Season 2


Episode 9 - Santa Muerte

Urban environment - Mexico.


Bravo are deployed to Mexico for a number of episodes where they integrate with the local Marinas forces to undertake missions in support of the anti-drug operations taking place. In the second to last episode of the Mexican storyline, Bravo are trapped within a church and whilst under siege, the remaining Marinas and BLACKBURN load up to take part in a rescue mission.



Bravos presence in Mexico is deniable, hence the team utilising the Marinas uniforms and equipment (save rifles and helmets). BLACKBURN when on mission again follows suit donning the local Marinas uniform.

Helmet

Team Wendy Exfil Carbon / LTP or Ops-Core FAST MT - Black

Peltor Comtacs - Black

S&S Precision V-Lites

Fabric NVD battery / counterweight pouch - Black


Baselayers

Marina Trans Jungle (US4CES Transitional) uniform

Salomon Jungle Boots Ultra - Burro


1st Line Gear

Velocity Systems Operator Utility Belt Gen 2 - Black

Yates Gear 463D Cobra CQB Belt - Black

Safariland 7354 7TS ALS Holster - Black


2nd Line Gear

Velocity Mayflower Assault Plate Carrier (APC) - Black

Helium Whisper MBITR/152 Radio Pouch - Black

Helium Whisper Assault Back Panel Type 2 - Black

Thales PRC -152

U94v2 PTT - Black


Season 3


Episode 12 - Siege Protocol: Part 2

Urban environment - Caracas, Venezuela.


The Caracas storyline sees Bravo running low on ammunition, patience and intel when the TOC (Tactical Operations Center) is attacked and overrun. Pushed into a corner BLACKBURN, DAVID and ELLIS along with MACK form a defensive element and attempt to hold out whilst Bravo speed their way back.



This is one of my favourite BLACKBURN episodes where he showcases his training and ability to fight, using his cunning ideas to lure in, slow down and then dispatch the attackers all whilst rocking a civilian based low profile loadout.


Baselayers

Baseball cap - Black

Civilian clothing

Salomon LTR boots - Chocolate Brown


2nd Line Gear

BFG PLATEminus w side straps - Black

BFG Stackable Ten-Speed M4 Mag Pouch - Black

BFG Tourniquet NOW! Pouch - Black

BFG Multi-Radio Pouch (MBITR) - Black

Falcon III AN/PRC-152A

Thales Harris PRC-148/152 MBITR PTT Hand Mic - Black


Ancillaries

Bungee single point sling - Black



Thoughts and opinion


BLACKBURN is an important secondary character in SEAL team. Whilst not kicking doors down and taking out hostiles every week, he is there in the background orchestrating everything and ensuring that Bravo have what they need when they need it.


Whilst the variety of kit for BLACKBURN is minimal, the 3 missions he's been involved with so far do offer 3 excellent opportunities to follow suit. For those wanting to recreate the loadouts, there are a number of pieces of equipment required and each loadout is distinctly individual ie; low profile vs overt.


In future blogs, I'll also be looking at some of the other secondary characters who've worked alongside Bravo and expand on the kit and equipment that they've used, again highlighting other loadouts that you can aim to replicate.



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