SURFACE WARFARE TRAINING WEEK
4201. Surface Warfare Training Week (SWTW). SWTW is dedicated solely to training and shall not be scheduled, if at all possible, concurrently with IMAVs, inspections, assist visits, or other evolutions that adversely affect participation in training. Major routine, preventive maintenance projects that would detract from a unit's ability to have all personnel participate in training shall not be planned coincident with SWTW. Exercise credit for SURFTRAMAN exercises may be granted for required exercises that are satisfactorily conducted.
a. SWTW Objectives. The objectives of SWTW are:
(1) To review and exercise warfare doctrines, tactics, and routine and emergency ship bills.
(2) To conduct a broad spectrum of fundamental exercises, thus permitting concentration on more advanced evolutions during at sea periods.
(3) To conduct proficiency training following lengthy maintenance periods and work-up training for upcoming operations.
(4) To accomplish SWO, ESWS and watch station PQS and reinforce apprenticeship training across all warfare areas.
(5) To permit afloat group and squadron staffs to exercise tactical watchstanders and evaluate the readiness of assigned units.
b. SWTW Guidelines. The format of SWTW is purposely undefined to permit the greatest latitude for units and ISIC to conduct training that will allow completion of the objectives and provide the greatest enhancement of unit overall readiness. The following guidelines should be considered in structuring each SWTW:
(1) Every effort should be made to schedule SWTW as a multi-ship (two to four ship) evolution.
(2) Although normally intended to be conducted inport, consideration may be given to conducting SWTW at sea, depending on the needs of participating units, availability of support services, OPTEMPO restrictions, and the training philosophy of the ISIC.
(3) The ISIC should monitor unit SWTW training plans to make sure that maximum training will be conducted, including provision for the conduct of SURFTRAMAN exercises required by the unit, and to preclude the necessity of conducting most type training exercise requirements during fleet exercise periods.
(4) The following suggested evolutions and drills are provided as a guide from which to structure SWTW. Other evolutions will suggest themselves as this list is reviewed.
(a) Participation in CINTEX, combat systems related drills, and LINKEX.
(c) Quick response drills.
(d) Intelligence team training and threat briefings.
(e) Anti-terrorism training.
(f) Mass casualty training with assistance from the local naval hospital/medical facility.
(g) Seamanship drills.
(h) Damage control team training/fire fighting training using Fleet Training Center (FTC) facilities. Observed DC drills, major conflagration exercise, and mainspace fire drills (including egress, OBA, and EEBD training).
(i) Conduct of observed engineering casualty control exercises.
(j) COMSEC/OPSEC briefings.
(k) Helicopter operations/flight deck exercises.
(l) Lookout training.
(m) Replenishment exercises with CLF units or pierside trainer.
(n) Communications exercises.
4202. Quick Response Drills. Quick response drills provide an excellent assessment of a unit's state of training, smartness and day-to-day readiness, with minimal interference to the daily routine when conducted on a no notice basis. Each ISIC will develop a program of quick response drills for use in SWTWs. The drills in the following subparagraphs, among others, are considered appropriate to the SWTW process. Recommendations for additional drills being used by subordinate commands are solicited for inclusion in the Force-wide program. Drills that are evaluated as satisfactory by the initiating commander may be used for SURFTRAMAN training exercise credit, if applicable.
a. Damage Control
(1) Conduct a fire or rescue and assistance drill from the inport damage control package with the day's duty section. Inventory a randomly selected repair locker.
(2) Randomly select a junior engineer from the day's duty section assigned to a sounding and security watch and observe the correct light-off and securing of an eductor.
(3) Require duty engineering personnel to shift from shore power to ship's emergency power using correct procedures and observing all safety precautions.
b. Security. Conduct a security drill with the day's duty section. Security alert procedures, including use of the SAT, BAF, and Reserve Force, if applicable, will be fully exercised during the conduct of any security drill.
c. First Aid. Randomly select members of the day's duty section and exercise them at emergency first aid including immediate procedures for electrical shock, inability to breathe, and choking.
d. Boat Seamanship. Call away the duty boat crew, if applicable, or duty section deck department personnel. Question boat coxswains and boat officers on safety and boat operations. Perform a safety and material inspection of the boat and boat handling gear.
e. Operational Reporting. Simulate a bomb threat or other situation requiring the submission of an OPREP-3. Evaluate unit administrative procedures and timeliness in initiating the required reports.
f. Pollution Containment. Simulate an oil spill and evaluate unit organization, procedures and timeliness in initiating required notification and reports, and in action taken to control the spill. Inventory the oil spill containment kit.
g. Electronic Casualty Control. Exercise the ship in electronic casualty procedures using the NCO exercise series or the installed CSOSS. Review feedback logs and response status in the case of CSOSS implemented ships.
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