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Special Report: Surface Force Readiness Reforms

04 March 2019

04 March 2019

After two tragic, fatal collisions and other near misses at sea in 2017, the Navy's mandate was clear: Make our Navy a safer and more combat-effective force that places the safety, readiness and training of our people first. Through the Readiness Reform and Oversight Committee (RROC), we assessed the overall culture, health, and effectiveness of our Surface Force — and our entire Navy — in order to remove barriers to safe and effective operations. While our work is far from complete, the following stories, reports and blogs highlight the progress made so far, as well as other areas that demand our continued focus in order to ensure success.

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Article: Center for Information Warfare Training’s LREC Programs Ensure Fleet Readiness, Strong Bonds with Allies​ (Aug. 12, 2020)

Article: Surface Warfare Engineering School Command Offers Surface Steering Gear "C" School Courses (May 18, 2020)

Article: USS Mason Earns the Bloodhound Award (May 6, 2020)

Article: USS Gerald R. Ford Prepares to Begin Flight Deck Certification (March 3, 2020)

Article: Ford’s Advanced Weapons Elevators Closer to Certification (Feb. 27, 2020)

Article:  Naval Surface Force Atlantic Holds Training, Readiness Symposium (Jan. 27, 2020)

Blog:  Surface Warriors CNSP 2019 Highlights  (Jan. 10, 2020)

Article: 2nd Fleet Declares Full Operational Capability  (Dec. 31, 2019)

Video: Navy Revamps Surface Warfare Officers School  (Nov. 5, 2019

Article: CNSF Signs New Surface Warfare Watchstander Proficiency Requirements Instruction (Oct. 24, 2019)

Video: Shaping a New Surface Navy (Aug. 8, 2019)

Video: Littoral Combat Ship Simulator: Train to Qualify (Aug. 7, 2019)

Web resource: Naval Postgraduate School: Crew Endurance (Aug. 7, 2019)

ArticleMaritime Modernized Training: Capitalizing on Virtual Technology  (Aug. 6, 2019)   

Article: Inaugural Junior Officer of the Deck Course Lays Foundation for Junior Officers to Drive Ships, Lead Sailors (July 18, 2019)

Article: Surface Force Commander Encourages Continued Excellence to USS Benfold Crew  (June 20, 2019)


In his initial guidance to the Fleet, the Secretary of the Navy emphasizes that we “must improve our processes in order for our people to meet future challenges.” Sailors at the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) have embodied this goal by coordinating with Surface Warfare Officers School to introduce the plan, brief, execute and debrief (PBED) process into the Basic Division Officers Course (BDOC). (June 18, 2019)

Article: Navy Touts Navigation, Seamanship Proficiency in Shiphandling Award (June 8, 2019)

Article: Surface Fleet Lethality: Leadership Transitions at SMWDC (June 4, 2019)

Article: Navy Leadership Accelerates Lethality with Newly Designated Surface Development Squadron (May 23, 2019)

Blog: Resourcing a Ready Surface Force (May 6, 2019)

Blog: Ethics is a Strategic Imperative for All Hands (May 2, 2019)

Article: Navy’s High-Speed, Mission-Focused Surface Combatant Completes Advanced Training (April 29, 2019)

Article: CNSP Welcomes New Instructors Who’ll Train Crews to Win the High-End Fight (April 26, 2019)

Article: Surface Warfare "Center for Excellence" Holds Change of Command (April 17, 2019)

Article: USS Fitzgerald Leaves Dry Dock, Continues Repairs Pierside in Pascagoula (April 16, 2019)

Article: MARMC Volunteers Vital to Fitzgerald Availability (March 26, 2019)

Article: Surface Force Pacific Commander Charges Fleet to Continue Push to Lethality, Mission Command, Culture of Excellence (March 19, 2019)

Article: Pacific Fleet Commander Emphasizes Readiness for High-End Warfighting During Visit with San Diego Commands (March 14, 2019)

Article: Surface Ship Readiness: Rewarding a Culture of Excellence Ship’s Crews Can Now Earn Certification Early (March 5, 2019)

Blog: Four Things You Need to Know About Strengthening the Culture of Operational Excellence (March 4, 2019)

Article: NAVFAC Southwest Completes Junior Officer Of the Deck Trainer Renovation (Feb. 26, 2019)

Article: Navy Leadership Focuses on Sea Power Innovation and a Culture of Excellence (Jan. 16, 2019)

Blog: Surface Reflections (Jan. 15, 2019)

Article - CNSF: Drive to Culture of Excellence, Reinvigorate Mission Command, Turn Readiness into Lethality (Jan. 15, 2019)

Report: Navy and Marine Corps: Rebuilding Ship, Submarine, and Aviation Readiness Will Require Time and Sustained Management Attention (Dec. 12, 2018)

Article: USS John S. McCain Leaves Dry Dock, Continues Repairs in Yokosuka (Nov.27, 2018)

Article: Shaping a New Surface Navy: Navy Revamps Surface Warfare Training for Junior Officers (Nov.6, 2018)

Article: CNSP Calls on Commanders to Drive to a Culture of Excellence (Oct.20, 2018)

Article: CNSF Announces Changes to Surface Warfare Officer SWO Qualification Instruction (July 24, 2018)

Article: CNSF Implements Initiatives to Improve Safety and Reduce Operational Risk  (Summer, 2018)

Article: Surface Warfare: A Running Fix (Summer, 2018)

Article: Navy Establishes Command to Ensure Readiness of Warships Forward Deployed in Japan (April 18, 2018)

Article: Surface Warfare; Obtaining a Fix on Fleet NSS Skill Sets (Feb. 28, 2018)

Blog: OOD Competency Checks: Obtaining a Fix on Fleet Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling (Feb. 14, 2018)

Blog: Navy Stands Up Readiness Reform and Oversight Council (Feb. 2, 2018)

Report: Strategic Readiness Review (2017)

Article: Navy Provides Details of Comprehensive Review (Aug. 24, 2017)

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