Rear Adm. David Welch, Commander Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, visited USS Paul Hamilton on Aug. 15, 2018.
During his time aboard, Welch addressed the wardroom and chiefs mess, emphasizing the importance of teamwork on ships and having passion for the work Sailors do. Welch also congratulated the crew on successfully bringing the Flight I destroyer out of an extended maintenance availability where the ship’s engineering controls and warfighting capabilities were upgraded.
The remainder of Welch’s brief focused on the Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) program, a growing community within Surface Warfare intended to deepen the Fleet’s base of tactical expertise in amphibious warfare, anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare, and air/missile defense.
The WTI program selects the top junior officers from wardrooms across the Surface Navy, ensuring talent is afforded the opportunity to hone and expand their warfighting skills.
Welch said “the mission is to provide tactical excellence by design, which is something that has been missing from the Surface Navy. We will increase the tactical proficiency and lethality of the Fleet.”
He added that there are future WTIs aboard USS Paul Hamilton and ships across the San Diego waterfront.
Stationed in San Diego, Paul Hamilton is the 10th Arleigh Burke class AEGIS guided missile destroyer. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. These combatants operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking including ballistic missile defense, anti-air, surface, antisubmarine, and cyber warfare.
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