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USS Tunny Class Joins the Fleet

GROTON, Conn (December 6, 2017) - Seventy-six Sailors, "Class 18040" USS Tunny, graduated from Basic Enlisted Submarine School, Friday, 8 Dec.

FN Jordan Hayes was Class Honor Graduate with a 94.10 Grade Point Average. Hayes continues in Basic Mechanical Skills (BMS) training.

SR Kobe Pasquerilla was recipient of the Navy Core Values Award and FA Zachariah Laudermilk received the Submarine Heritage Award.

SA Graham Woods, EMN3 Gregory Moore, SN Kevin Young, and MMN3 David Ellis were Graduates with Distinction.

Basic Enlisted Submarine School is a six-week introduction to the basic theory, construction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for an assignment, Sailors receive instruction on shipboard organization, submarine safety and escape procedures.

Submarine Communications Electronic Rating Field (SCERF) Graduation

GROTON, Conn (November 30, 2017) - Sixteen Sailors of Class 14RO-17-09 graduated on Nov 22 from the Submarine Communications Electronic Rating Field, SCERF, Apprentice Course.

SCERF, through the employment of Interactive Media, enhances the various sub-courses of Pipeline Technical Training, PTT.

ETR1 (SS) Jesse DeHaven was course instructor.

ETRSN Rene Perezsalinas was Class Honor Graduate and meritoriously advanced as a result of his academic performance.

ETRSN David Sinor was honored for Personal Excellence and ETRSN Zachary Fronek received the William Purdum Award.

Submarine Communications Electronic Rating Field, SCERF, is a twenty-week course of instruction that teaches Naval Message Drafting and basic Electronic Key Management System, EKMS, for encrypting and decrypting voice and data. Sailors learn about the various communication circuits used in a Common Submarine Radio Room, CSSR, including fundamentals of Radio Frequency Spectrum theory and hands-on application of the Multi-Purpose Reconfigurable Training Simulators, MRTS, to create and edit complex circuits used in communications on-board a submarine.

SCERF prepares Sailors for other qualifications including, but not limited to, the fundamental operation of the BPS-15 radar, guidance on preventative and corrective maintenance as well as principles, procedures and requirements for conducting tag-outs. Prior to their first submarine assignment, Sailors experience the electronic surveillance measures, ESM, portion of the training pipeline on either the AN/BLQ-10 or WLR-8 platform. Both courses encompass real world methodology of data collection, analysis and classification of various radars. Sailors also become familiar with basic equipment design and operation, use of a search plan and the requirements of a watch-station.

Submarine Electronics Computer Field Graduation

GROTON, Conn (November 30, 2017) - Thirty-six Sailors of "Class 17140" graduated Nov. 30 from the Submarine Electronics Computer Field, SECF, Apprentice course.

The SECF "A" school combines a core curriculum of Electronics, Fire Control and Sonar Technician skills and abilities while emphasizing team training and cross rating familiarization.

FT1 (SS) Benjamin Campbell, ETV1 (SS) Jonathan Searle, and STS2 (SS) Adam Sanderlin were Class instructors.

ETVSN Wallace Gueits-Batista, FTSN Evan Oates, and STSSA Christopher Alden were Class Honor Graduates.

ETVSN Wesley Gardner, FTSN Andrew Palmer, and STSSA Jack Ducat were recognized for Personal Excellence.

Alden and ETVSA Caleb Bean were meritoriously advanced.

The Submarine Electronics Computer Field Apprenticeship (SECF) training school is an eighteen-week course of instruction combining three ratings, Sonar Technician, Fire Control Technician and Electronic Technician in the same classroom along with instructors from all three ratings.

SECF encompasses topics such as basic computer and electronic training and fire control systems, trigonometry and pre-calculus, AC/DC circuits, basic power supplies, digital systems, radar and microwave theory and operation, basic sound propagation, passive/active theory, Gram Analysis, oceanography, naval security, acoustic systems fundamentals, sonar underwater acoustics, acoustics analysis, submarine target motion analysis, computer technology and maintenance fundamentals, sonar watch standing and shipboard noise control.

Sailors learn theoretical and practical knowledge of their respective ratings in an interactive multimedia forum with emphasis on hands-on skills and team concepts. Approximately fifty percent of the course is taught in the Combined Operational Acoustic Employment trainer (COAET).

The Sailors' learned and practiced skills are taught in four knowledge segments: Basic Maintenance, Underway Steaming, Section Tracking Party and Surface Transit. Each graduating student is better prepared to meet the challenges of the fleet and has the knowledge and skill to be a productive member as soon as he crosses the brow of his submarine.

Voyage Management System Operator Course Graduation

Groton, Conn (June 25, 2010)- Four Sailors of Class 201035 graduated from the Voyage Management System Operators Course on Friday, 25 June.

ET1 Joshua Whyte was class instructor.

Class graduates were ETC (SS) David Lawrence, ET3 (SS) Joel Baez, ETSN Dallas McDiscette and ETSN Peter Fitzgerald.

The Voyage Management System Operator Course is two weeks of in-depth training in the use of the Voyage Management System (VMS) including electronic chart management, voyage planning and voyage management (piloting, subnotes, and battle group operations). Graduates can apply their training on board any VMS-equipped submarine under all conditions of readiness, underway, in port during pre-underway preparations and training evolutions.

AN/BQQ-10 VIRGINIA SONAR Maintenance Class Graduation

GROTON, CT- Eight Sailors graduated from "Class 10020" of the AN/BQQ-10 VIRGINIA SONAR Maintenance Class Thursday, 27 May.

STS1 (SS) Richard Lapham was the instructor.

Mr. Michael Wark was Class Honorman and STS1 (SS) Daniel Charaba and STS2 (SS) David Emerson were named Graduates with Distinction.

The AN/BQQ-10 VIRGINIA SONAR Maintenance Class is three weeks in length and is designed to teach preventative and corrective maintenance to support the AN/BQQ-10 VIRGINIA SONAR suite.

Machinist Mate (Weapons) "A" School Graduation

GROTON, Conn (November 22, 2017) - "Class 17170" graduated from Machinist's Mate (Weapons) 'A' School on Wednesday, 22 November.

MMW1 (SS) Keith Kolodjeski was class instructor.

MMWFN Abel Reyes received the Torpedoman Plaque as Class Honorman.

MMWFN Alex Jimenez was named Graduate with Distinction.

Machinist Mate (Weapons) 'A' School is a ten week enlisted apprentice training school providing basic knowledge and skills at the entry level in the MM (Submarines) rating in Shipboard 3-M, Mechanical Skills, Three-Inch Launcher operation, Explosives, Torpedo Tubes and MK 48 ADCAP torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Information Systems Technician Submarines Apprentice (ITS “A”) School Graduation

GROTON, Conn (October 23, 2011) - Fourteen Sailors, "Class 12020", graduated from Information Systems Technician Submarines Apprentice Training, Friday, 19 October.

ITS2 (SS) Richard Crowther and Mr. Christopher Molhan were class instructors.

ITS3 Kail Pantzar was Class Honorman.

ITS3 Timothy Sanchez was named Honor Graduate for his academic achievement as well as his exemplary interaction and teamwork with his shipmates.

ITS3 Alan Vaillancourt Rossell joined Pantzar and Sanchez as a Graduate with Distinction for Personal Excellence. All three received letters of commendation in recognition of their achievement

The entire class was advanced to third class petty officers.

The Information Systems Technician Submarines Course is nineteen weeks in length with principal areas of concentration including:

CISCO Academy Information Technology Essentials provides students instruction in basic computer components and technologies. In addition students test for the commercial CompTIA A+ Certification and must pass this certification to continue in class.

CISCO Academy Network Fundamentals teaches students basic router and network configuration while Installing Configuring and Administering Microsoft XP Professional teaches advanced administration and operation of the Windows XP Operating System.

Naval Messaging offers classroom and hands-on learning in the basics of communication between afloat vessels and ashore facilities and the Communications Interactive Learning Environment provides students a basic understanding of communications equipment, operational procedures, and organizational structure of fleet communications.

Graduates continue next in advanced “C” School training before their first submarine assignments.

Auxiliary Package School Graduation

Groton, Conn. (May 19, 2017) - Fifteen Sailors of Class 17090 graduated from Auxiliary Package School on Thursday, 18 May, joined by five Sailors of Class 17095 on Friday, 19 May.

MMA1 (SS) Jonathan Fultz and MMA1 (SS) Mitch Williams were class instructors.

MMFN Stephen London, Jr. and MMFN David Spurlinwas Class Honorman.

Auxiliary Package School is a six-week long training pipeline for submarine auxiliarymen with instruction in pumps, hydraulics, refrigeration, diesel engines, and watertight hatches.

After completing Basic Enlisted Submarine School, Sailors undergo three weeks of initial instruction in Basic Mechanical Skills, BMS, emphasizing basic mechanical concepts, tools, and uses prior to entering Auxiliary Package School.

Joint Submarine Electronics Computer Field and Submarine Communications Electronic Rating Field Graduations

GROTON, Conn (March 23, 2017) - Thirty-six Sailors of Class 17020 of the Submarine Electronics Computer Field, SECF, Apprentice course and eight Sailors of Class 14RO-16-05of the Submarine Communications Electronic Rating Field, SCERF, Apprentice course graduated in a joint ceremony on Friday, 22 July.

The SECF "A" school combines a core curriculum of Electronics, Fire Control and Sonar Technician skills and abilities while emphasizing team training and cross rating familiarization.

ETVSN Jack Meesey, FTSN Luis Samploski, ETRSA Austin Paluch, and STSSN Christian Alfaro were class instructors.

Alfaro and Paluch were meritoriously advanced.

Submarine Communications Electronic Rating Field, SCERF, through the employment of Interactive Media, enhances the various subcourses of Pipeline Technical Training, PTT.

Submarine Communications Electronic Rating Field, SCERF, is a twenty week course of instruction that teaches Naval Message Drafting and Basic Electronic Key Management System, EKMS, for encrypting and decrypting voice and data. Sailors learn about the various communications circuits used in a Common Submarine Radio Room, CSSR, including fundamentals of Radio Frequency Spectrum theory and hands-on application of the Multi-Purpose Reconfigurable Training Simulators, MRTS, to create and edit complex circuits used on-board a submarine.

SCERF prepares Sailors for other qualifications including, but not limited to, the fundamental operation of the BPS-15 radar, guidance on preventative and corrective maintenance as well as principles, procedures, and requirements for conducting tag-outs. Prior to their first submarine assignment, Sailors experience the electronic surveillance measures, ESM, portion of the training pipeline either on the AN/BLQ-10 or WLR-8 platform.