SMWDC Amphibious Warfare (AMW) Division
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SMWDC Graduates Seven New Gator WTIs
 

170428-N-GX781-009 NORFOLK, VA ( APRIL 28, 2017) - Rear Adm. Roy Kitchner, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, poses with recent graduates of the new Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center's Amphibious Warfare Division located on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story. SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by selecting elite surface warfare officers to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Livingston/ Released.)

 

Rear Adm. Roy Kitchener, (middle-right) commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, congratulates the newest cohort of Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story during a WTI graduation cake cutting ceremony. Created by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), seven junior officers graduated from SMWDC's intensive 12 week course in advanced amphibious warfare tactics. There are now 147 WTIs in the fleet specializing in integrated air and missile defense, amphibious warfare or anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare. WTIs are an elite cadre of young surface warfare officers selected by SMWDC to become the best of the best in tactics and doctrine development. These next generation surface warriors are charged with increasing the tactical proficiency and lethality of surface ships in support of maintaining sea control, power projection and maritime dominance.

 

 
Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI), Lt. Gerald Kane, is presented with an honor graduate award by Rear Adm. Roy Kitchener, (right) commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, and Capt. Brian Finman, during a WTI graduation ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Kane is one of seven new Amphibious WTIs to join the current inventory of 147 WTIs in the surface fleet -- specializing in integrated air and missile defense, amphibious warfare and anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare. Created by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), WTI courses commence biannually in San Diego and Virginia in June and July.

 

 

 
Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI), Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Hiscock is presented with an honor graduate award by Rear Adm. Roy Kitchener, (left) commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, and Capt. Brian Finman, during a WTI graduation ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Hiscock is one of seven new Amphibious WTIs to graduate from the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center’s (SMWDC) intensive Amphibious WTI course. SMWDC biannually selects an elite cadre of junior surface warfare officers to become WTIs – the best of the best in tactics and doctrine development.

 

 
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