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Training Enhances Versatility of ARGs

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110607-10

By Darryl Orrell, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Security Forces announced the successful completion of an emergent training requirement designed to support and enhance the versitility and capabilities of Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs), June 7.

The training is designated for select small boat crew members assigned to ARG ships and specifically covers small boat tactical training but not the boarding teams themselves.

"The training focuses on the middle ground between that of a compliant boarding and an opposed boarding," said Steve Knapton, waterside security coordinator at the Center for Security Forces.

"It will give fleet forces the ability to execute those missions that are traditionally relient upon special operating forces (SOF) to perform," Knapton continued.

A test group of students recently completed a four-week period of dynamic training that put both student and curriculum to the test. Topics introduced in the prototype course ranged from communications and mission planning to weapons and tactical boat handling.

"If SOF ever required support for a bottom up boarding, I believe they would not be disappointed with these newly trained boat crews," Knapton concluded.

A formal course pilot is tentatively scheduled for Aug/Sep 2011.

The Center for Security Forces, located in Virginia Beach, Va., provides basic and advanced anti-terrorism, security force, expeditionary and Code of Conduct training to more than 22,000 students each year in support of fleet training requirements.

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