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Rear Adm. Erik J. Eslich, deputy commander, U.S. 7th Fleet; Capt. George A. Kessler, Jr., commodore, SCSTC; Mr. Brian J. Deters, executive director, SCSTC; and Lt. Cmdr. Michael J. Arnold, officer-in-charge, SCSTC Detachment WESTPAC, participated in the event.
“We are providing highly effective tactical employment training for the Fleet through fielding a virtual solid state system using real tactical code,” Kessler explained. “In addition, we are doing so at a cost that enables the surface force to put this trainer not only in our schoolhouses, but also at our fleet concentration areas. Ship commanding officers will be able to use this VOT with their watch team, ensuring our warfighters have the tactical competence and proficiency needed to execute the mission across the spectrum of operations in today’s challenging environment.”
Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC) falls under the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). NETC, led by Rear Adm. Peter Garvin, is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, NETC recruits civilians and transforms them into skilled warfighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy.
SCSTC is a training organization of over 6,500 staff and students across 12 global locations and implements culture of excellence and warrior toughness by building a surface warrior mindset to complement the technical and tactical skillsets of building the kill chain and closing the fire control loop. SCSTC delivers system and platform specific combat systems training to a growing surface Navy. SCSTC delivers training to over 35,000 U.S. Navy Sailors as well as 700 international Sailors from 22 partner nations annually. Our overall mission is to train the fleet so that our Navy can fight and win!
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