September 30, 2009

Navy Capt. Pete Wikul Longest-Serving Navy SEAL Retires

NORFOLK, Va., - The longest-serving Navy SEAL was piped ashore for the last time during a retirement ceremony, Sept. 25, at Naval Special Warfare Group 4 on Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Va.

Navy Capt. Pete Wikul passed the title of "Bull Frog" to Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. The Bull Frog title recognizes the operator with the greatest amount of cumulative service following completion of underwater demolition team replacement accession or basic underwater demolition/SEAL training, regardless of rank.

Wikul was born in 1952 in Manhattan, N.Y., and enlisted in the Navy in May 1970. He graduated in UDBT Class 7102.

Olson, a Tacoma, Wash., native, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 and qualified as a naval special warfare officer in 1974. He graduated in BUD/S Class 76. As a four-star admiral, he now is the highest-ranking Navy SEAL to hold the Bull Frog title
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