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Navy Leaders Discuss Future of Anti-Submarine Warfare

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050323-08
Release Date: 3/23/2005 1:32:00 PM

By Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet & Public Affairs Center San Diego Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Top Navy leaders met to discuss anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations and program improvements March 15-17 at the Navy's newest operational command, Fleet Anti-submarine Warfare Command (FLTASWCOM), headquartered at the Fleet ASW Training Center.

The semi-annual conference serves as a forum for fleet operators to identify, discuss and/or resolve fleet-correctable ASW issues. As the voice of the fleet on ASW issues, the ASW Improvement Program (ASWIP) also provides fleet commanders operational feedback to improve the capabilities, readiness and proficiency of the Navy's ASW forces in all communities. It also allows ASW experts who are actively engaged in ASW operations to identify and validate critical issues, and to propose solutions for consideration or action at the appropriate level.

"The ultimate goal of the ASW Improvement Program is to improve the capability, capacity and readiness of the Navy's ASW forces," explained Maritime Integrated Tailored Training Coordinator Capt. Ed Quirk.

The specific responsibilities of ASWIP include providing Commander, Fleet Forces Command with inputs on ASW-related fleet requirements with respect to manning, equipment and training; developing and implementing fleet-correctible solutions to identified ASW deficiencies; and conducting an annual assessment of fleet capabilities and capacities.

The three-day conference was attended by more than 20 flag officers and Navy civilian equivalents, including commanders from both U.S. 2nd and 3rd Fleets; Commander, Naval Air Forces; Commander, Naval Surface Forces; and more than 500 Navy, government service and academic personnel with a focus on ASW.

"This event was an extremely professional and very rewarding experience for all involved," said Rear Adm. John J. Waickwicz, commander, FLTASWCOM.

The Navy's Center of Excellence for ASW, FLTASWCOM was established to focus on integrated ASW training, assessment of fleet ASW operations, ASW tactics and doctrine, and insertion of ASW technology into the Fleet.

FLTASWCOM is headquartered in San Diego with Fleet Detachments in Norfolk, Va., and Yokosuka, Japan.

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