One Perfect Op: An Insider's Account of the Navy SEAL Special Warfare Teams

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A true and intimate portrait of the warriors on the front lines of the most devastating conflict of our age—a spellbinding look at the detailed inner workings of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

In the mid-1970s, Dennis Chalker volunteered to be a candidate for “the Teams”—elite Naval Special Forces units known for their unorthodox approaches to warfare and their ability to strike any target, no matter how heavily guarded or impossible to reach. After enduring the most rigorous selection ...

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Overview

A true and intimate portrait of the warriors on the front lines of the most devastating conflict of our age—a spellbinding look at the detailed inner workings of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

In the mid-1970s, Dennis Chalker volunteered to be a candidate for “the Teams”—elite Naval Special Forces units known for their unorthodox approaches to warfare and their ability to strike any target, no matter how heavily guarded or impossible to reach. After enduring the most rigorous selection process ever devised, he was personally chosen by “Rogue Warrior” Richard Marcinko for a leadership role in Red Cell. Together they would push special operations warfare to a level it had never achieved before. In stunning detail, Chalker now describes previously classified operations in America’s war on global terrorism. And at the center of his riveting, astonishingly honest account is one remarkable covert mission: a “perfect op” in which the objective was masterfully achieved without any evidence left behind to indicate that the SEALs were even there.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062114730
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 614,770
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Chalker enlisted in the Army before joining the Navy and served as a “plankowner”, or founding member, of SEAL Team Six and “Red Cell”, and as a Command Master Chief for Navy BUD/S training. He lives in southern California.

Kevin Dockery is the military historian and field curator for the UDT/SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida. He lives in Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Snake, aka Dennis Chalker Richard Marcinko xi

1 One Perfect Op 1

2 Home and Hearth 12

3 First Stop, the Army 17

4 And Now the Navy 25

5 BUD/S and the Beginning of a Seal 33

6 SEAL Team One and Kilo Platoon 45

7 Echo Platoon and a Taste of High Speed 62

8 Seal Team Six, 465 Days a Year 71

9 Now Here's to the Land Down Under 81

10 Gear, Guns, and a Lot of Training 94

11 A Move, Some Boats, and Some Time in the Water 109

12 A Dry Spell 124

13 A New Group and Some Other Changes 133

14 First Combat and First Costs 139

15 On Our Way: Fly the Unfriendly Skies 150

16 Visiting with the Governor: Don't Spit on the Floor 160

17 A Long Day and a Night 173

18 Our Teammates 181

19 Red Cell and a New Mission 188

20 A Visit to Norfolk 199

21 The Subs of New England 218

22 Back to the Philippines 229

23 The Land of the Rising Sun 243

24 Sunny California 252

25 And in the Other Direction 261

26 Those Are Big Lizards 266

27 Back in Sunny California 273

28 Ghosts 277

29 Another Move, Another Commander, and the End of an Idea 285

30 Return, Operate, and Finally Leave 290

31 To Give Something Back 316

32 Meet the Kids and Meet the Man 323

33 The Long Walk and the Longer Party 332

Epilogue 340

Glossary 343

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Great book!

    A "must read" for current events fans, as it helps to place recent events in context!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Okay

    more like a diary, yet has interesting information in portions of the writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    A real glimpse of SEAL Team life

    In 'One Perfect Op' Chalker does an awesome job detailing what it is like to be a Navy SEAL. In this autobiographical account of his experiences as a SEAL, the reader really has the opportunity to better understand what it takes to make it through BUD/S and to be a member of a Team. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the details of his life as a SEAL- especially as he shared his experiences as a plankowner of Team 6 and as he detailed the missions and objectives of Red Cell. Someone close to me is a member of the SEAL community, so I very much appreciate the knowledge and understanding about the SEALS that I was able to obtain through this book. Chalker's writing style makes 'One Perfect Op' a fun and exciting read for just about anyone. If you're not a big fan of the SEALs already, it is likely that you will be after reading this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2003

    A educational-action packed thriller.

    This book is about Commander Master Chief Dennis Chalker and how he got up in ranks to be a navy seal. This book decribes where he went to be trained, from the Army to the Navy special traning facilities. You follow along what he did and where he went to be trained. You follow him through dangerous missions he was in. If you like action and you like adventure this book is for you. I liked this book because it describes alot about what he does and what he has to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Liked it.

    You can really tell he's holding back in the story telling. That has to suck, you have all these awesome things that people want to read about but for obvious reasons you can only flirt with the details the reader craves. Still a good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Great read

    I enjoyed thoorouhly

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