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Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Further Solidifying its Role in Training, Operations

Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Further Solidifying its Role in Training, Operations

The guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) fires its forward MK-45 5-inch gun during a pre-action calibration fire evolution. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units are completing the first East Coast CRUDES Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Last year, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center accomplished a host of firsts in its advanced training activities for surface ships. This year, SMWDC intends to continue to solidify its role in the Navy through more tactical development and a focus on the mine warfare portion of its portfolio.

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Carrier Lincoln Preparing for Deployment After Several High-End Training Opportunities

Carrier Lincoln Preparing for Deployment After Several High-End Training Opportunities

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) (left), USS Nitze (DDG 94), and USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) transit ahead of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during flight operations. Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12. The components of CSG-12 embody a “team-of-teams” concept, combining advanced surface, air and systems assets to create and sustain operational capability. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IN THE VIRGINIA CAPES OPERATING AREA – The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is underway for pre-deployment training after reaping the benefits of several high-end training opportunities in the last several months. Read More

Top Stories 2018: U.S. Navy Operations

Top Stories 2018: U.S. Navy Operations

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as the ship transits the Strait of Gibraltar on Dec. 4, 2018. US Navy Photo

USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2018. This story is part of a series; please also see U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps Operations.

If 2018 made anything clear, it’s that the U.S. Navy noticed the increased Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic and won’t let it go unaddressed.

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Warships Conduct First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training For Carrier Escorts

Warships Conduct First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training For Carrier Escorts

Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) conducts a Mk 45 5″ gun shoot as part of Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, involving the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units. Navy photo.

In a first for East Coast-based carrier strike group escorts, warships from the Abraham Lincoln CSG are participating in a surface warfare advanced tactical training (SWATT) exercise in a push to standardize similar training throughout the fleet.

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Kearsarge ARG Completes First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training Event

Kearsarge ARG Completes First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training Event

A Naval Aircrewman observes from a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter as simulated fast attack craft approach the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) during a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise.

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) recently completed a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT), the first time the such an exercise was conducted off the East Coast and signifying the Navy’s commitment to standardize training for both Pacific and Atlantic-based amphibs.

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Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center's Role Evolving as Warfare Advocate, Trainer

Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center’s Role Evolving as Warfare Advocate, Trainer

Commander, Naval Surface and Warfighting Development Center Rear Adm. John Wade, left, speaks to Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) candidates after they completed their initial course of instruction – the Instructor and Tactics Course. Upon completion of the course, students will have to attend and pass advanced tactical training courses to earn WTI designation through one of three SMWDC Divisions – Amphibious Warfare, Sea Combat, or Integrated Air and Missile Defense. SMWDC is one of the Navy’s five Warfare Development Centers and fills an integral role in the Surface Force Strategy: Return to Sea Control. SMWDC’s mission is to increase the lethality and tactical proficiency of the surface force across all domains. US Navy Photo

When the U.S. Navy conducted strikes on Syrian targets last month, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) was on hand to provide expertise on conducting high-end tactics in a complex environment. When U.S. Navy ships were targeted by Houthi anti-ship cruise missiles in October 2016, SMWDC swarmed in afterwards to understand what happened and how to learn from it. And when operators in the Mediterranean Sea needed additional protection from growing threats in the region, SMWDC experts joined an effort to help integrate the SeaRAM weapon system with ballistic missile defense destroyers and write the tactics and procedures so sailors could operate safely in the region. Read More

Deployed Surface Forces Benefitting from SMWDC Training, Technologies

Deployed Surface Forces Benefitting from SMWDC Training, Technologies

Lt. Lisa Malone, a warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Canter (SMWDC), provides tactical training to officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a group sail training unit exercise on May 9, 2017. Group sail is the first step in the Theodore Roosevelt’s integrated training phase and aims to enhance mission-readiness and warfighting capabilities between the ships, air wings and the staffs through simulated real-world scenarios. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS BUNKER HILL AND USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT – Three years after the conception of the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, the Warfare Tactics Instructors that have come out of SMWDC are making a tangible difference in how surface ships conduct their missions, leadership from the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group told USNI News. Read More

Navy Seeking Ways to Boost Interoperability Between Warfare Domains

Navy Seeking Ways to Boost Interoperability Between Warfare Domains

USS Ronald Reagan is underway off the coast of the Korean peninsula during exercise Invincible Spirit on Oct. 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy is discussing where to invest in increased interoperability between planes, ships and submarines, seeking opportunities to boost areas with the least capability today or the biggest potential return on investment, several warfare directors said on Wednesday. Read More