The special pickup was based on a Silverado 1500 in Z71 spec and done up with a special three-tone paint job inspired by the camouflage used on 20th-century warships. Known as Razzle Dazzle, the camo was designed to disguise a ship's form and movements from enemy vessels. Chevy also fitted the show truck with a sport bar, off-road LEDs, lower- and under-body reinforcement, and flared wheel arches packing special 20-inch wheels.
Following its debut at SEMA, former GM chairman Dan Akerson (a US Naval Academy alum) and retired Navy SEAL Master Chief Rick Kaiser presented the concept truck at the 116th Army-Navy football game this past weekend. Chevy hasn't said just how many it will build and at what price, but production is slated to be "limited," going on sale in the spring.
- Special Operations Silverado will support National Navy SEAL Museum
- Partners with the USX Mt. Everest Team to raise Post Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness
- GM Military Discount expands to include all veterans
PHILADELPHIA – For the sixth consecutive year, Chevrolet is the official vehicle sponsor of Saturday's Army-Navy Game. During the game, Chevrolet will honor military service men and women, particularly its special forces.
Former General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, will join retired U.S. Navy SEAL Master Chief Rick Kaiser, executive director of the National Navy SEAL Museum, to salute the special forces during the presentation of a Chevy Silverado Special Ops Concept vehicle at the game.
The limited production version is expected to go on sale next spring. Chevrolet will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Special Operations Silverado sold to benefit the Navy SEAL Museum.
"The partnership will also help us aid the families of fallen, injured and active duty Navy SEALs through the efforts of our Trident House and scholarship programs," said Kaiser.
Founded in 1985, the museum honors the service and legacy of the U.S. Navy SEALs. Located in Ft. Pierce, Fla., the museum and memorial are recognized as the birthplace of the Navy SEALs. During World War II, thousands of volunteers traveled there to train in covert warfare and underwater demolitions, creating the Navy's first special operations units.
Chevrolet will also host the U.S. Expeditions and Explorations (USX) Mt. Everest Expedition Team and its members before the game. USX, founded by two active-duty U.S. Army graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., helps veterans struggling with combat injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
In April 2016, Chevrolet will sponsor the USX team as it seeks to put the first active-duty soldiers – and first combat-wounded U.S. veteran – atop the world's tallest peak at Mt. Everest.
"We sincerely appreciate the support of Chevrolet as we take on this bold challenge," said U.S. Army Capt. Matt Hickey, USX co-founder and team member. "Although our goal is big, so are the needs of today's veterans, and our mission and Chevrolet's support inspires others to get involved."
Also, Chevrolet has expanded its military discount program – normally reserved for active-duty, reserves, retired personnel and veterans within a year of discharge – to include all 23 million veterans and their spouses. The discount is available through Jan. 4, 2016. To learn more, visit ChevySalutes.com.