The Navy’s top surface warfare officer (SWO) spoke to a group of 17 junior SWOs during the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI) course at the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC) in San Diego, Feb. 6.
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 6, 2014) - Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, talks with junior surface warfare officers during the anti-submarine warfare weapons tactics instructor course at the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in San Diego. The course is designed to improve tactical proficiency for surface warfare officers and support the Chief of Naval Operations tenets of "Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready." (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan/Released)
Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke to the group about how the course is designed to improve tactical proficiency for SWOs and support the Chief of Naval Operations tenets of “Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready.”
“New threats have emerged and evolved since the Cold War and these threats deserve respect and focused attention,” said Copeman. “For too many years our community has operated under the belief that tactical knowledge somehow grows based upon age and experience alone. Developing tactics must be a core competency function, not an afterthought.”
In addition to talking about standard SWO career paths and new opportunities like the littoral combat ship program, Copeman also spoke to the group about the need for a dedicated center to improve tactical competence across the full spectrum of all surface warfare mission areas.
“We expect to have the new command stood up by mid-2014,” said Copeman. “This command will be tasked with development, training and assessment of surface warfare tactics, tactical proficiency and tactical capability against adversaries from the individual to the task force level.”