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Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific
NSTCP Leadership

Captain Andrew C. Hertel
Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific


Lieutenant Commander Brett Sterneckert
Executive Officer, Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific


CMDCM (SS) Ronald Brooks
Command Master Chief, Naval submarine Training Center Pacific

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NSTCP MISSION STATEMENT: "Provide current and accurate Engineering and Tactical team training and formal courses of instruction to Pacific Fleet SSN’s using the most advanced teaching techniques and tailoring to each ship’s specific needs a plan to develop team skills and individual expertise to support the fleet in the conduct of operations in war and peace."
Naval Submarine Training Command Pacific Command Wide 2012 Goals
Goal 1 - Adapting to VIRGINIA Class Increasing Training Demands

Goal 1 will determine how best NSTCP needs to change in order to adapt to the increasing training demand for VIRGINIA class specific training. Areas to consider will be:
  • (1) What personnel expertise needs to be targeted to recruit to the command.
  • (2) Monitoring smooth integration of the new VILPE engineering trainer.
  • (3) Improving PNEO study systems for VIRGINIA class students.
  • (4) Adapting PDT processes to VIRGINIA class including how to schedule training with only one trainer available and the need to possibly integrate onboard PDT training vice schoolhouse usage to mitigate lack of trainer availability.
  • (5) Improving overall staff Level of Knowledge of VIRGINIA class unique operations and features.
Goal 2 – Connecting with the Waterfront

Goal 2 will seek to determine how NSTCP can improve information exchange with the waterfront to improve training. This means improving both communicating to the waterfront as well as soliciting input from the waterfront. Areas to consider will be:
  • (1) Reaching out to the waterfront on new training available and solicitation for trainer utilization through routine correspondence i.e. advertise our product better.
  • (2) Improving PDT scenarios by increased interface with fleet operations staffs.
  • (3) Retooling the Target Review Board (TRB) to better adapt trainers to real world threats.
  • (4) Integrating own ship training assessments into tailored training.
  • (5) Evaluating PDT performance data to reshape PDT classroom training focus to target historic weak areas and improve individual skills.
  • (6) Improving integration of fleet and deployment lessons learned into both team training and formal courses.
  • (7) Incorporating CTF 74 and CTF 54 Undersea Campaign Plans into PDT training in addition to evaluating current PDT regimes with discreet warfighting requirements.
  • (8) Commence effective use of NSTCP NIPR and SIPR websites for internal and external information exchange with waterfront and staff.
Goal 3 – Answer the Question “What is Our Model”

Goal 3 focuses internally on defining the model that best suits NSTCP. This means adapting our command structure as well as internal processes to best perform our core tasks as defined in our mission statement. Areas to consider will be:
  • (1) How do we develop our crew to harness previous expertise then improve on that to provide the requisite expertise necessary to succeed in the schoolhouse? This will look at developing more sensible qualification progress plans to develop trainer operators, then course instructors, then System/Area experts.
  • (2) Determining what mix of area experts are required and in what fields of study i.e. sonar maintenance, tactical oceanography, VMS, etc.
  • (3) Aligning military manpower to better support reduced manning in support functions (facilities, communications, learning standards, etc.
  • (4) Developing an instructor continuing education plan which both prepares the sailor to succeed as an instructor as well as harnessing available training expertise in house to complete advanced qualifications (EWS, DOOW, ANAV, COB) to succeed on their follow on tour at sea.
  • (5) Formalizing through MOU the command relationship, roles, responsibilities, and shared duties between TSD Hawaii and NSTCP to include addressing funding, manpower, watchstanding, and support functions.