National Navy UDT-Seal Museum filled with intriguing history


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There’s only one museum in the United States dedicated to the birthplace of underwater demolition teams and Navy Frogmen. The National Navy UDT-Seal Museum is located in nearby Fort Pierce.

At the museum, learn about the history of Naval Special Warfare, including the beginning of underwater demolition training in Fort Pierce.

Their exploits in the Atlantic and Pacific war battle grounds of World War II and the history of the various units are told with photographs and artifacts of the period.

In the spring of 2011, a team of highly trained Navy Seals captured and executed the terrorist Osama Bin Laden after finding him in his secret Pakistan compound.

The North Gallery tells the stories of the modern era from Korea through Afghanistan. The Frogmen and Seals have operated in almost every environment imaginable from hot and humid jungles to arctic waters and even a space station orbiting the Earth.

Declassified stories are told at the museum. Learn about heroism under fire from every conflict from Korea to Desert Storm.

The exterior exhibits include Apollo training crafts, a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter and unique watercraft and support boats. Some of the last remaining beach obstacles used for training during World War II have been recovered from the ocean depths and now rest on the museum grounds.

The museum’s Ship’s Store is stocked with fine gifts, memorabilia and educational materials, clothing, books, jewelry and other items relating to Naval Special Warfare.

The museum’s mission is to promote public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy Seals in an atmosphere of respect and honor.

The museum is located at 3300 N. State Road A1A in Fort Pierce. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is an admission charge. It is closed during major holidays.

For information, call 772-595-5845 or go to navysealmuseum.org.

From Brevard County, take I-95 south to exit 138 and then turn east. Proceed east for 3.3 miles to a traffic light at Kings Highway. Continue east through the traffic light for 2.5 miles to U.S. 1. Turn right and go south on U.S. 1 for 3.8 miles to State Road A1A north. Turn left, and go east at the traffic light and drive 2.5 miles. Go down a hill, through another traffic light, across railroad tracks, across two bridges and arrive at another traffic light. Turn left (north) and drive approximately three-quarters of a mile to the National Navy Seal Museum (Pepper Park). It will be on the right.