Lampreys are the elite underwater demolitions specialists of the Cobra legions of the Cobra sea-arm, chosen to protect and defend all of Cobra's coastal and underwater outposts, including Cobra Island. Because of their vital importance in the Cobra legions, each soldier is hand-picked, highly trained, and formidably equipped using the Pythonizing Process*.
To qualify for Lamprey training, a candidate must be a Cobra trooper in top physical condition who has completed his Eel training and has been operational as an Eel for more than a year. Their rigorous training program takes place in warm, shark- and pirate-infested waters of
tropical islands, and in the dark, frigid depths of the Arctic Circle. This training is highly selective and more than 50% of the applicants wash out before completing the course.
Lamprey troops are known to operate heavily armed, highly sophisticated submarines for underwater demolition missions and coastal attacks on the shores where G.I. Joe teams have operations bases.
*A process in which personnel and/or vehicles are outfitted with a primary layer of radar-resistant black-ball paint, then blanketed with a thermal-wave dispersal grid.