NORFOLK, Va. – Senior Navy and Marine Corps leaders met for the Surface Warfare Enterprise's (SWE) Executive Committee and Surface Board "face- to-face" meetings, March 31 and April 1.
The gathering brought together more than 30 flag and general officers, and members of the Senior Executive Service (SES), for discussions focused on priorities for the upcoming year, particularly initiatives to support Mine Countermeasure ships, Ballistic Mission Defense-capable ships, Littoral Combat Ships and San Antonio Class wholeness and Aegis Weapons Systems effectiveness.
“There is tremendous value when we come together, face-to-face as professionals, to continue to foster the trust, collaboration and cooperation that have strengthened the enterprise over that last few years and will keep the Surface Force going strong into the future,” said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR).
SURFOR is responsible for shaping SWE priorities to provide warships ready for tasking, increase Surface Force readiness, extend the life cycle of our ships, meet the requirements of the Combatant Commanders, and, most importantly, take care of surface Sailors.
A highlight of the conference was the signing of a performance-based agreement (PBA) with Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP). Curtis and Rear Adm. Mike Lyden, Commander, NAVSUP, each signed the document that clearly outlines the priorities and goals and reflects the full spectrum of products and services provided. The goal of the PBA is to enhance SWE warfighting capabilities and logistics support effectiveness where possible. The PBA is a reflection of the continued customer-service provider relationship between NAVSUP and the SWE.
The two-days of meetings were hosted by Rear Adm. Dave Thomas, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the SWE's Chief Readiness Officer. The robust conference agenda included a visit to ships on the Norfolk Naval Station waterfront and an executive committee discussion with former Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. (retired) Vern Clark.
"On the waterfront we can see the beneficial results realized through our enterprise behavior," said Thomas "For example, we are turning the corner on building and introducing the LPD-17 Class ships to the fleet, recent successes with USS San Antonio (LPD 17), USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and USS New York (LPD 21) highlight impactful solutions to some tough challenges that leveraged the collaboration only found through the SWE."
The SWE is made up of all Surface Warfare partners, from Naval Sea Systems Command who buys, builds and delivers ships, weapons and equipment; to the officers on the Navy staff responsible for requirements and funding; Naval Supply Systems Command logistics support and commands responsible for personnel policy, maintenance support and more. The SWE brings the Surface Warfare community tools to improve processes, execute streamlined business practices, and gain efficiencies throughout our Navy to produce improved warfighting readiness.
In the last year, the SWE restored 2,200 shipboard billets; instituted a continuum of training for over 80,000 personnel on 170 ships; ensured the execution of service-life assessments and repairs by creating baseline availability work packages for several classes of ships; and improved undersea warfare performance by instituting more rigorous certification and proficiency requirements.
“Through a “back to basics” approach, the SWE continues to make strides to
ensure warfighting readiness, and to effectively deliver and sustain our product – warships ready for tasking, at the right time, at the right place.” said Curtis.
SWE partners include Naval Surface Forces, Navy Staff (OPNAV) Resource Sponsors, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Officer of Naval Research, Naval Installations Command, Bureau of Navy Medicine, Navy Personnel Command, Navy Education and Training Command, Navy Cyber Forces, and Regional Maintenance Centers.
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