In the months following a LFWAP event, the SMWDC team and engineers from
NSWC-Corona conduct a data analysis work group (DAWG) to discuss the
tactical and technical nuances of each live fire event. The data
analysis is used to provide an in depth debrief to the firing units
prior to their deployment, confirm current tactics, techniques and
procedures (TTPs), assist in development of future TTPs, and provide
feedback to the Navy acquisitions communities in support of developing
“LFWAP is treated as the graduation event by U.S. Fleet Forces Command
and U.S. Third Fleet prior to ships deploying, because it provides a
tactically challenging scenario for each ship requiring watch teams to
utilize ship TTPs, pre-planned responses (PPRs) and the commanding
officer’s battle orders to defend themselves,” said IAMD Division
Director, Capt. Jim Jones. “This is not a checklist event. This is an
event that stresses a watchteam understanding of their own self-defense
processes while building confidence within the watchteams and with the
systems that will defend our nation down-range.”
The LFWAP program is taking the Navy's warfighting to a new level. Over
the last three years, live fire events have become more complex with
each event enhancing our fleet's weapon systems competency and efficacy.
Across the naval enterprise, warfighting capability has benefited from
the lessons captured and studied from each firing event. These lessons
assist with updating and revising TTPs, PPRs, commanding officer's
battle orders, and lead to validated training curriculums for formal
courses of instructions.
The LFWAP program is an excellent example of high velocity learning to
counter today’s threat, and more importantly, prepares our ships and
sailors for the real-world threat environments they will face.
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, IAMD, amphibious warfare and mine