Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (December 10, 2022): They leap from airplanes thousands of feet in the air and then perform a perfect landing in the middle of a football game as the crowd roars in appreciation. They are called “Leap Frogs”, and they are something special.
In the above photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin Breum, Chief Aircrew Survival Equipment man Mike Halford and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Cory Hager, members of the Navy parachute team the “Leap Frogs,” perform a demonstration at the 123rd Army-Navy Game held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Leap Frogs are the official parachute demonstration team of the United States Navy and are part of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command. The Leap Frogs Navy Parachute Team are made up of active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Divers, and support personnel.
The Team began in 1969 when Navy SEALs and Underwater Demolition Team members volunteered to perform at weekend air shows. The team was officially commissioned “The Leap Frogs” in 1974 by the Chief of Naval Operations with the mission to demonstrate Navy excellence throughout the United States. Each team member has conducted real-world operations before volunteering to join this elite unit. Following a three-year commitment with the Navy Parachute Team, they will return to their operational units.
Today, the Leap Frogs continue to tour nationwide dazzling audiences with aerial demonstrations.