SAN DIEGO – Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) hosted the annual Surface Warfare Officer Flag Officers Training Symposium (SWOFOTS) August 27-28 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.
SWOFOTS provides Flag Officers from the surface community a venue to discuss the Navy’s current and future needs so that naval assets can better support the Maritime Strategy.
‘”Our Surface Navy continues to do amazing work around the globe supporting the combatant commander and our overall maritime strategy,” said Commander, Naval Surface Forces Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis. “We not only continue to lead the fight at sea as the first responder to our nation’s call, but we continue to be called upon to lead ashore in IA billets as we continue the struggle against violent extremism.”
Maritime Strategy in the Pacific, Global Maritime Partnerships, Manpower for the Future Navy, Maritime Operations, and Evolving Missions were some of the topics that were discussed at the two-day event.
"Bringing the senior Surface Warfare leadership together in this forum to share information, address challenges, and build relationships creates synergy, generates innovative ideas and lays the foundation for change which will positively affect our ability to execute our maritime strategy now and in the future," said Jeffery A. Klein, Naval Surface Forces’ new Senior Executive Service Director.
More than 50 flag officers were in attendance representing key areas of surface warfare concern including fleet operations, naval mine and antisubmarine warfare, integration of capabilities and resources, financial management, sea systems procurement, and others.