Lethal, Capable, Ready: CNO visits Surface Community's Warfighting Development Center
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 22, 2018) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, right, laughs during a group discussion during a briefing at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). SMWDC is one of the Navy's five Warfighting Development Centers and its mission is to increase the lethality and tactical proficiency of the Surface Force across all domains. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Matthew A. Stroup/Released)

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visited Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) onboard Naval Base San Diego, August 22.

“If you look back at the turn of the 19th century, the concept of the naval officer as continuous, lifelong learner was born into our culture by men like Admirals Luce and Mahan,” said Richardson. “Fast forward to World War II and we witness how then-Commodore Burke and his team used high-velocity learning to take the hard-learned lessons from the Battle of Savo Island, and turn them into victory at the Battle of Cape St. George. You all [Warfare Tactics Instructors] are the Burke’s of our Navy today. That’s a tremendous responsibility for all of you as a command, and we’re counting on you to do it.”

During his visit, Richardson received an update on the command’s development along its four lines of operation since its stand up in 2015; advanced tactical training, doctrine and TTP development, operational support, and requirements, analysis, and experimentation. The briefing also included a discussion about what SMWDC is bringing to the high-end fight in collaboration with the other WDCs, and the larger Navy Enterprise.

“It was an honor to host the CNO to brief him on the value that SMWDC, along with the other WDCs, is providing to our Fleet and combatant commanders,” said Welch. “We fully recognize that we are in an era of competition with our adversaries, and our command is focused on increasing lethality and tactical proficiency each day. The results are already revealing themselves across the Fleet.”

Following the SMWDC headquarters brief, Richardson received a tour and demonstration of the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) PMS 339 Surface Training System’s Combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense and Anti-Submarine Warfare Trainer (CIAT). The trainer is a state of the art learning environment that provides learning opportunities not previously available ashore.

“The establishment of the WDCs was a critical first step in keeping our Fleet lethality high. We must develop processes that allow us to learn, grow, think, and fight faster, and I know the WDCs play an important role in that effort,” said Richardson. “Our continued investments in people and innovation through these centers will ensure we maintain our competitive advantage against our adversaries into the future.”

SMWDC is a subordinate command of Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and exists to increase the lethality and tactical proficiency of the Surface Force across all domains. SMWDC headquarters is at Naval Base San Diego with four divisions in Virginia and California focused on Sea Combat, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Amphibious Warfare and Mine Warfare.

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