Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfare Development Center (SMWDC) About Us

The security interests of the United States and those of our allies are increasingly challenged. As emphasized in the National Defense Strategy, the maritime domain continues to grow in importance -- becoming more heavily used, more stressed, and more contested than ever before in an era of renewed great power competition. The mission of the United States Navy is to be ready to conduct prompt and sustained combat incident to operations at sea. Our Navy will protect America from attack and preserve America’s strategic influence in key regions of the world. To accomplish this mission, the CNO has established four priorities: warfighting, learning faster, strengthening our Navy and Joint team, and building partnerships. Commander, Naval Surface Forces has issued the charge that the Surface Forces “OWN THE FIGHT” and that we strive to be the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest Naval Force. SMWDC plays an integral role in bringing this vision to life and sustaining it.


Increase the lethality and tactical proficiency of the Surface Force across all domains.


SMWDC matures into an elite organization that continues to learn while accomplishing our mission with enthusiasm and innovation.


  • We are ONE TEAM!... All SMWDC personnel have an important role and are valued equally.
  • Ship Crews and Warfare Commander Staffs are the "Center of the Universe." We will do everything possible to give them the tactics, confidence & competence to fight and win.
  • Teamwork and effective communication are critical to success. We will adhere to these principles within SMWDC and amongst stakeholders.


  • Advanced Tactical Training
  • Doctrine and tactical guidance development
  • Operational support to Combatant Commanders, Numbered Fleet Commanders and Task Force Commanders
  • Capability assessments, experimentation and future requirements

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