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By MC2 (SW/AW) Elena Velazquez, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – Naval Surface Forces hosted the annual Surface Warfare Officer Flag Officers Training Symposium August 5-7 at Naval Air Station North Island.

SWFOTS provided Flag Officers from the surface community a venue to discuss the Navy’s current and future needs so that naval assets can better support Maritime Strategy.

Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead speaking by way of videotape emphasized the importance of Naval Surface Forces “back to basics” philosophy. “As leader of a proud Surface legacy, we can not allow compromises to our standards. A sense of ownership and accountability has been an important part of our culture, we can not let that slip. We must continue to enable our Sailors to take on that ownership by giving them the right training, right equipment, and right support.”

Maritime Strategy in the Pacific, Global Maritime Partnerships, command philosophies, Manpower for the Future Navy, and Evolving Missions were some of the topics that were discussed at the two-day event.

Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, continued to emphasize “Getting our ships back to basics and ensuring we maximize operational success while minimizing unnecessary risk to the sailors and ships that make up our Surface Forces.”

The symposium also included a spouse seminar designed to inform spouses about current detailing issues, health matters, and child education, and included tours of the newly built Pacific Beacon apartment community at Naval Base San Diego, the technologically advanced ship’s simulator training site, and the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

“The spouse seminar offered a great opportunity to learn about critical issues affecting our sailors and their families, and included hands-on tours of facilities where our sailors work and spend their personal time. Mrs. Towanda Curtis wanted to highlight representative components of our Navy community, and the spouse attendees all agree the seminar was both informative and enjoyable,” said Dr. AnneMarie Gumataotao, wife of Rear Adm. (Select) Peter Gumataotao, Chief of Staff at Naval Surface Forces.

More than 50 flag officers were in attendance representing key areas of surface warfare concerns including fleet operations, naval mine and antisubmarine warfare, integration of capabilities and resources, financial management, sea-systems procurement, and more.

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