SAN DIEGO - The head of the U.S. Navy's surface forces toured Training Support Center (TSC) San Diego Oct. 19 for a firsthand look at how Sailors are prepared to join the fleet.
During his visit, Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, commander, Naval Surface Forces and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet watched as Sailors were put through their paces at the firefighting training that supports the Surface Warfare Officer School's Learning Site and Center for Naval Engineering Learning Site (CNELS).
"It was an honor and a privileged hosting Vice Adm. Hunt. Having SURFOR at the fire fighting facility to see how our instructors train the fleet and getting positive feedback from him is very reassuring," said Lt. Art Palalay, CNELS San Diego's officer in charge. "It's a testament to the pride and professionalism of the men and women who train our Sailors and the thousands of Marines, civilians, and foreign students that go through our course."
Hunt's visit was prompted by an invitation by Capt. Antonio Cardoso, commanding officer, Training Support Center San Diego, to show Hunt how Sailors are trained to defend their ship.
"I greatly appreciate Vice Adm. Hunt's visit," said Cardoso. "It's important to keep senior leadership and the fleet informed about the level of training taught at the firefighting school. This training directly affects the readiness of our ships, their ability to deploy, and Sailors being able to save their ship while protecting their shipmates before and after battle damage occurs."
TSC San Diego includes three geographically separate service support centers that support 15 independent learning sites within the San Diego region. The command supports both surface Navy and aviation schools and averages 60,000 students per year.