When southern California residents noticed three Naval Special Warfare SWCC boats going through Dana Point Harbor on July 11, those people unfamiliar with the fastboats speculated that the boats were either from the Mexican Navy or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
On August 1, author of The Log boating and fishing magazine Parimal Rohit said that like most residents, he was unsure who the boats belonged to and why they were there.
“At least three agencies – O.C. Parks, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Coast Guard – had no information available as to why these two vessels were in Dana Point, let alone their agency of origin. There were also threads online about these two vessels, with some surmising they were actually part of Mexico’s Navy,” Rohit said. “Even others pondered whether the Department of Homeland Security launched a pair of immigration enforcement vessels.”
The Log later reported that they confirmed the vessels to be the Mexican Navy.
However, on August 2, three vessels like the ones sighted in July appeared in the harbor, once again bringing up the conversation as to where the boats were from and to whom they belonged.
The following day, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Rich Himmel confirmed to the OC Register that the boats were the Navy SEALs.
“This is the second time they stopped in our harbor,” Himmel said. “If the Mexican Navy were in the harbor, we would be informed ahead of time by the Department of Defense or Homeland Security.”