Return to Sea Control
Warfare tactics instructors bring the sword back to the sea
Many naval veterans will tell you ships are living creatures, the engines pumping out massive amounts of energy, allowing tons of steel to cut through the oceans.
Their miles of intricate pipes and wires work as circulatory and nervous systems, all of which are controlled by the ship's brain - better known as the combat information center (CIC). Inside the CIC are hundreds of sensors, dials and screens that help ships see miles over the horizon and defend themselves in case of danger.
But, without well-trained operators and world-class tacticians supporting each ship's commanding officer, the computing power in even the most advanced CICs in the Navy don't come together to provide operational and strategic commanders the capacity and options they need to carry out the Navy's mission to win wars, deter aggression, and maintain freedom of the seas.
In 2015, the Navy capitalized on an opportunity to enhance the lethality and warfighting capacity of the surface fleet by standing up Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC).