I read the first paragraph of an article in The New York Times today. It said of US Navy SEAL Team 6:

On clandestine raids in the dead of the night, their weapons of choice have ranged from customized carbines to primeval tomahawks.

Is this true, and if so, where and when were tomahawks used by Navy SEALS?

Team 6’s Red Squadron logo has crossed tomahawks, so I thought that could be the origin of the claim.

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    At first I thought this question was about whether they used cruise missiles. – March Ho Jun 7 '15 at 11:52
  • @MarchHo I am OP. I laugh every time I revisit this question, when I see your comment! :o) – Ellie Kesselman Jan 26 at 10:59
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The 2003 ABC News article Some U.S. Troops Choose Historic Tomahawk doesn't show that US Navy SEALS, in particular, use tomahawks, but shows that their use is somewhat common amongst modern US military, and makes the claim seem more prosaic.

Members of Air Force security groups, Army Rangers and special forces are some of the U.S. troops who have chosen to add tomahawks to their basic gear. [...]

It wasn't until after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and the United States began fighting in Afghanistan that [a manufacturer] started making [tomahawks] in quantity. In fact, it dramatically changed the way he does business — Johnson says his time is now almost exclusively devoted to producing the modern tomahawks for military customers, and he makes only a few historical tomahawks a month. [...]

Currently, service members are buying tomahawks individually or, in some cases, units are using operational funds to buy them for their group.

The terms "primeval" and "weapons" seems to be a little exaggerated. These are of a modern design, and while they might be used as a weapon, they seem to be carried as a more general tool.

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