The Naval Special Warfare Publisher

A Navy SEAL Team races toward a HH-60H Seahawk helicopter for a night operation off an undisclosed Navy ship in an undisclosed location.

Phoca Press is a private company that publishes works by, for, and about the Naval Special Warfare community. Our mission is to enhance the public’s appreciation and understanding of the contributions of the Naval Special Warfare community through history up to today.

Lisa Downey Merriam


Vice President of Marketing and Operations

Lisa Merriam provides marketing and publishing support for Phoca Press. She grew up in a family of magazine publishers and worked in that family business for fifteen years. She is a seasoned copywriter and published author. She has written for publications such as Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, American Bank Marketing, Apparel Magazine, China Business News, Sporting Goods Business and others. More>>

CDR [SEAL] Tom Hawkins, USN, [Ret.] Chairman and CEO 

Commander Tom Hawkins retired from the U.S. Navy after 24-years active service as a career SEAL and Naval Special Warfare (NSW) officer. Upon graduation from college, he entered the Navy in February 1966, and was commissioned the following May. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) with Class 38 in Little Creek, Virginia and subsequently completed operational tours in UDT-21, UDT-22, and SEAL Team TWO, where he deployed to the Republic of Vietnam as a Platoon Commander. More>>