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Surface Warfare Enterprise Leaders to Boost Warfighting Readiness

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Story Number: NNS080625-04
Release Date: 6/25/2008 4:01:00 PM

From Surface Warfare Enterprise Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Surface Warfare Enterprise (SWE) Board of Directors (BoD) and its supporting teams started their two-day annual Strategic Planning Conference (SPC) June 25, at the Coronado Club on Naval Base Coronado.

The conference focuses on combatant commander support. Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis chairs the SPC, Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Rear Adm. Michael S. Frick co-chairs it.

"The annual planning conference is a way to bring together all SWE groups' interests and to talk about their individual issues according to the strategic planning framework – then we can step back, evaluate and realign according to where we need to go collectively.

"Overall, the SWE continues to work steadily towards the mission of optimizing warfighting readiness for combatant commanders," said Curtis.

During the SPC, participants will discuss how the SWE ensures activities in support of warfighting readiness. Several SWE groups -- including the cross-functional teams (CFTs) of personnel/training, sustainment and modernization, financial management, metrics and strategic communications -- offer presentations to review the enterprise's efforts during the last year. In addition, they will lay out a course for the way ahead.

"Some of the outcomes we expect to achieve for the conference are further discussion and development of our strategic plan for the next three to five years," SWE Executive Assistant Cmdr. Darren McPherson said.

"We exist here to support the warfighters of the surface navy to ensure they get the resources they need to produce warships ready for tasking – anytime, anywhere. The efforts of our senior surface force leadership here will help the warfighters get the resources they need both today and tomorrow."

Other topics on the agenda include revisiting SWE strategic objectives, review of the Enterprise maturity level and mapping progress achieved to-date. "Time to Deliver" is the mantra for 2009.

"Continuous process improvement allows the SWE to fulfill that mission in each core area: maintenance, modernization, logistics, manning and training. The SWE is an enterprise committed to providing the most powerful, dominant, and adaptable surface warfighters and ships with maximum efficiency and careful stewardship of resources," Curtis said.

"We will start with the basics and then take the dialogue up to the next level. We expect the presentations, supporting documents and group discussions will show us that great strides have been made in our warfighting readiness mission," Curtis continued.

One of the accomplishments the SWE considers noteworthy has been the establishment of eight Class Squadrons (CLASSRONS). The CLASSRONS provide direct support to the commanders and are responsible to the chief readiness officer for manning, training, equipping, maintaining, and sustaining ships by class for the entire force.

Naval Surface Forces consist of 159 surface ships of the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic Fleets which are based in: San Diego; Pearl Harbor; Norfolk and Little Creek, Va.; Mayport, Fla.; Ingleside, Texas; Everett, Wash.; and overseas in Bahrain, Italy, and Japan.

Commander, Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR), located in San Diego and headed by Curtis, ensures all of the Navy's surface ships are properly manned, trained, equipped and sustained to effectively support military operations around the globe.

Curtis is the third commander of Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and the 15th commander of the Pacific Fleet's Naval Surface Force. Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn is the Deputy SURFOR commander, located in Norfolk, and is "dual-hatted" as the commander of Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and chief readiness officer. Navy surface ships operate not only with other U.S. military services, but with partner nations worldwide.

For more information from Surface Warfare Enterprise, visit www.swe.surfor.navy.mil/default.aspx.

For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnsp/.



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