Undersea Warriors,

In the last edition of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine, we talked about our progress toward instilling a warfighting culture in everything we do. I highlighted our use of competition to drive innovation, our standup of the Aggressor Squadron, and a new way to solicit ideas and feedback directly from you via HeySUBFOR@navy.mil.

A frequently repeated quote, and for good reason, is an admonition that can be traced back to Archilochus, an early Greek lyrical poet and soldier circa 650 B.C. Archilochus said that in conflict, “we do not rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”
The theme for this edition of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine is training—one of the most important things we do as Submariners to accomplish today’s mission and to prepare for tomorrow’s high-end conflict.

I am extremely proud of the Force’s recent full-rudder shift toward readiness for great power competition. Nowhere is this more evident than in many of the innovative ways we are assessing and applying lessons learned and the latest technologies to how we train. For example:

  • Submarine Learning Facility, Norfolk recently implemented a “high-end war-fighting IPDT” for USS Washington (SSN 787). The lessons learned from this effort will inform Fleet Readiness Training Plan planning and execution moving forward.
  • The Submarine Learning Center in Groton has produced authoritative reference materials on adversary orders of battle for use by students and submarine crews. These “baseball cards” contain the best information available from the Office of Naval Intelligence and actual data collected during real-world missions. You can access these products via the SLC SIPR site or your SOBT hard drive.
  • All school houses are in receipt of an updated “red” playbook and are working with the Aggressor Squadron to ensure that crews receive the best blue vs. red (vice blue vs. blue) training scenarios.
  • We are reducing redundancy by giving your Commanding Officer the option to validate knowledge or skill requirements for basic-level qualifications based on the successful completion of required off-hull schools and/or SOBT products, and vice-versa.
  • We have developed and are using metrics to ensure that the changes we make to how we train produce Sailors who are better prepared in less time to accomplish higher-end missions/tasks with greater margins of safety.

Throughout this issue, you will read about other great ways the Submarine Learning Center and the Submarine Force writ large are working together to transform how we train. It’s truly an awesome time to be an undersea warrior!

Remember…we will not get a WARNORD.
Prepare for battle now!
Our nation needs you.

C.A. Richard