When Navy SEALs conduct dangerous missions in austere environments, there are many different configurations of their battle equipment that they may take with them. Of course the mission will dictate the different requirements such as what weapon should be brought, ammo requirements, ration amounts, and of course what every operator on a mission just loves, the amount of extra batteries that he must load into his combat pack. There are other pieces of his kit, however, that will always accompany him into combat. Part of his first line, physically located on his body, a SEAL will have a small container that serves a very important purpose, the Escape and Evasion Kit.
The Escape and Evasion Kit is basically a survival kit that will be used to assist the SEAL to survive if he finds himself in an extremely compromising position, often alone, after a mission has gone very bad. There are many different configurations of Escape and Evasion Kits, but the capability of each kit is the same. These kits consist of signaling devices, water collection and decontamination supplies, naviagation tools, etc. So, what specific items are found within a Navy SEAL’s Escape and Evasion Kit?
The Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) has a requirement to purchase personnel recovery and survival kits. The brand name mentioned for these kits is a company specializing in special operations escape and evasion, as well as personnel recovery; SOLKOA. To read more about what the requirements are for an Escape and Evasion Kit built for Navy SEALs, and what specifically these kits contain click here.