SMWDC visits USS Shoup
brief hosted by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC)
 

​SAN DIEGO (October 8, 2015).  Capt. Darren McPherson, operations officer for the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), introduces SMWDC and the new career opportunities it provides junior surface warfare officers (SWOs) during a brief aboard USS Shoup (DDG 86). Akin to 'Top Gun' for naval aviators, SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking an elite cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI). WTIs are the subject matter experts in Amphibious Warfare, Anti-Submarine/Surface Warfare, or Integrated Air and Missile Defense for ships and training staffs (e.g., Afloat Training Group or Center for Surface Combat Systems). SMWDC was formally established June 2015 and is responsible for increasing the tactical readiness of individual surface warfare communities through the creation of warfare doctrine, underway assessment exercises and WTIs. (U.S. Navy photo by SMWDC Public Affairs.)

 

Ensign Rizalena Suriben, auxiliaries officer aboard the USS Shoup (DDG 86)

SAN DIEGO (October 8, 2015) Ensign Rizalena Suriben, auxiliaries officer aboard the USS Shoup (DDG 86), reads a pamphlet detailing a new career path for surface warfare officers (SWO) during a mentorship brief  held by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). Akin to 'Top Gun' for naval aviators, SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking a select cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI). WTIs are subject matter experts in Amphibious Warfare, Anti-Submarine/Surface Warfare, or Integrated Air and Missile Defense for ships and training staffs (e.g., Afloat Training Group or Center for Surface Combat Systems). SMWDC was formally established June 2015 and is responsible for increasing the tactical readiness of individual surface warfare communities through the creation of warfare doctrine, underway assessment exercises and WTIs. (U.S. Navy photo by SMWDC Public Affairs.)

 

Lt. Damon Goodrich-Houska, warfare tactics instructor (WTI)

SAN DIEGO (October 8, 2015) Lt. Damon Goodrich-Houska, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) for the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), explains the screening process to become a WTI to officers aboard USS Shoup (DDG 86).  Akin to 'Top Gun' for naval aviators, SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking a select cadre of surface warfare officers (SWO) like Goodrich-Houska, to become specialized warfighters called WTIs. WTIs are subject matter experts in Amphibious Warfare, Anti-Submarine/Surface Warfare, or Integrated Air and Missile Defense for ships and training staffs (e.g., Afloat Training Group or Center for Surface Combat Systems). SMWDC was formally established June 2015 and is responsible for increasing the tactical readiness of individual surface warfare communities through the creation of warfare doctrine, underway assessment exercises and WTIs. (U.S. Navy photo by SMWDC Public Affairs.)

 
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