Ref: (a) COMNAVSURFLANT/COMNAVSURFPACINST 3502.3 (SURFTRAMAN Bulletins)
A-101. General. This appendix delineates, in matrix format, required training exercises, inport training drills, and other evolutions that apply to ships and units of the Surface Forces. The matrices are arranged by mission area and training phase.
a. Except for engineering exercises, exercise descriptions are in the Fleet Exercise Publication (FXP) series. New exercises not yet in FXPs, and modifications to exercise procedures and scoring, if different from standard criteria, are in SURFTRAMAN Bulletins, reference (a). Engineering exercises are contained in a ship's EOCC. Training requirements need to reviewed frequently. The matrices are organized by ship class, but individual differences among ships’ configurations within a class may require different training requirements due to the addition, modification or removal of equipment or machinery. Ships should audit the requirements contained herein with that contained in their TRMS catalogs whenever a new catalog is received and with their own specific equipment configuration. Changes to training requirements listed in TRMS may be requested by SURFTRAMAN Feedback request as discussed in paragraph 1402. The exercise requirements for the new LPD 17 class will be filled in when determined.
b. The FXP series publications are no longer distributed in paper copy. They are distributed to all ships via the Navy Tactical Information Compendium (NTIC) Series B1CD-ROM product of the Navy Tactical Support Activity (NAVTACSUPPACT), approximately three times per year. They are also available on the Navy Doctrine Command SIPRNET site at http://ndc.navy.smil.mil/.
A-102. Exercises Periodicities and Repetitions
a. Basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises automatically degrade from M1 to M4 after 24 months unless reset by CART procedures. Repetitive exercises (only) are assigned a periodicity in months which determines the M-rating for those exercises.
b. Normally, an exercise need be completed satisfactorily only once before reporting.
c. A subsequent unsatisfactory repetition of an exercise results in that exercise being reset to M-4.
d. The basic phase exercise matrix lists those exercises a ship can be expected to demonstrate in basic phase training in terms of FXP exercises. The matrix indicates the TSTA period in which an exercise will normally be conducted. The actual list of exercises conducted during TSTA training will be determined by the ATG, in conjunction with the ISIC and the ship, based on the CART II results and the ship's tailored syllabus. Where two numbers appear, e.g., 1 and 2, it indicates that the ship may be expected to complete the exercise in both TSTA I and TSTA II. However, the second iteration of the exercise may be waived by the ATG based on successful completion of the exercise in TSTA I. The ISIC may request these or other exercises to be conducted based on tailored deployment area requirements. Upon demonstration of the prescribed capability, ships will report completion against the appropriate line item regardless of whether completed during TSTA I or TSTA II.
A-103. Engineering Training Exercises. The engineering training exercises contained in the MOB-E Exercise Matrix are based on the ship's master EOCC loadout. They are divided into four drill families based on commonality of procedures and the ship systems involved. Each family is subdivided into core and elective groupings. Core drills are those considered to be the most significant with respect to plant operation or potential for personnel injury or equipment damage.
a. In order to maintain training readiness, all core drills must be completed satisfactorily every 6 months.
b. All elective drills must be satisfactorily completed over an 18 month period, which means that approximately one-third must be completed every six months.
c. A drill is satisfactory when there would have been no additional damage or injury, plant control is maintained, and the expected outcome is achieved. ETT errors that preclude the above conditions from being demonstrated may make a drill unsatisfactory. Follow-on actions can be decoupled from the drill and evaluated separately as evolutions. Evolutions are routine tasks, or tasks resulting from a casualty, that are performed by a watchstander, watchteam, or Casualty Response Team (CRT).
d. When the core drills and the required amount of elective drills in a drill family have been completed, the entire drill family will be reported as complete by TRNGREP. The code 9999 will be used in the score field of the elective drills not actually conducted. Exercises shall be completed satisfactorily by each Condition IV watch section in order to be complete. The ETT will adjust the complexity of drill sets as the watch section's proficiency increases. Engineering proficiency requires more than conducting large numbers of drills. Good drill preparation and feedback, as well as seminars and evolutions training are required to develop proficiency. Drills which use only one shaft or engine room, do not need to be accomplished by both engine rooms in order to be reported as complete; however, the ETT leader will ensure that each space has had exposure to all drills over the course of several training quadrants.
A-104. Medical Training Exercises. Medical training exercises support a secondary FSO (Medical) mission for all ships. Since this is a secondary mission, medical exercises are not used to determine a ship's training readiness status in SORTS; however, the medical exercises of this matrix are required to be conducted in the periodicities indicated, and reported by TRNGREP.
A-105. Self-Observation and Grading of Exercises. Successful completion of required exercises is the culmination of individual and team training effort. The determination of successful completion of a required training exercise shall be made by the commanding officer. Exercises are not to be credited as completed unless a grade of at least 62.5% was adjudged. Grading will be conducted using the appropriate SURFTRAMAN BULLETINS, FXP exercise evaluation criteria, or judgment of the appropriate training team where specific criteria are not provided; e.g., engineering casualty control exercises.
A-106. AAW Exercise Observers. Qualified observers are required for AAW-24-SF (Detection-to-Engagement Sequence (Nonfiring)) and all missile firing exercises. To be considered qualified, an observer must be surface warfare qualified, be serving in or recently have served in an AAW-related billet, and be from a command other than the firing ship. Observers can be either commissioned, warrant, or chief petty officers. The command conducting the exercise is responsible for ensuring observers meet these qualification requirements. Should there be any doubt as to observer qualifications, it will be resolved by the ISIC prior to conducting a missile firing exercise.
A-107. Safety Practices During Exercises
a. Strict adherence to safety standards is of paramount importance and is a command responsibility. Prevention of accidents and elimination of unsafe practices must be pursued aggressively at all levels. Many safety violations can be corrected on the spot; others require modification of procedures.
b. Whether self-observed or observed by another command, repeated minor violations of safety precautions is adequate reason to consider exercise performance unsatisfactory.
LEGEND: X - Required exercise
1/2/3 - TSTA required training periods
S - Specialty training
(X, Y, Z) - After repetitive exercises, denotes M-rating degradation schedule over time,
indicating exercise degrades to M2 after X months, M3 after Y months and M4 after Z
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