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Welcome Aboard from the Engineering Department
Dept. Head: 757-445-1397 Instructors: 757-445-1412
Dept. LCPO: 757-445-5252 Fire Fighting: 757-445-8783

The Engineering Department provides an eclectic variety of courses designed to enhance/upgrade student knowledge and proficiency.

In addition to the following list of available courses, Submarine Learning Facility Norfolk’s Engineering and Reactor Departments operate several Fleet Interactive Display Equipment (FIDEs). These trainers provide submarine and aircraft carrier propulsion watchteams with a high fidelity simulator to facilitate shipboard qualification and casualty control training.

A-210-0017 Structureborne Vibration Monitoring

To provide the technician with the knowledge of structureborne vibration monitoring principles and basic operation of the CSI 2100 Series Analyzer System.
  1. Classroom instruction on sound principles.
  2. Classroom instruction and labs on the operation of the CSI 2100 Series Analyzer System.
  3. Classroom instruction and labs on the balancing of electric motors.
A-210-0020 Basic Noise Reduction Principles

To provide the Noise Reduction Officer and Team with the principles and procedures of noise and vibration measurement, acoustic data analysis and interpretation, and noise reduction principles and procedures.
This course provides instruction as follows:
  1. Classroom review of the principles of sound as it applies to noise reduction and submarine detection principles.
  2. Classroom instruction in noise and vibration theory, common isolation materials and methods, required shipboard inspections, and administration of the ships Noise Reduction Board.
  3. Laboratory instruction in visual inspection of noise reduction features.
A-623-0008 Automated Electrolytic Oxygen Generator 6L16 Model Electrical/Electronic Maintenance

To provide training to submarine and PMT-assigned personnel with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate and perform troubleshooting actions and basic electrical corrective maintenance on the Automated Electrolytic Oxygen Generator (AEOG) onboard submarines.

This course includes safety precautions, theory of operation, preventive and corrective maintenance, testing and overhaul procedures for electrical components of the 6L16 Oxygen Generator. Use of test equipment and skills required to identify malfunctions in the 6L16 Oxygen Generator. Satisfactory completion of this course will certify an individual as a 6L16 Oxygen Generator Technician

A-652-0087 Automated Electrolytic Oxygen Generator 6L16 Model E Operator/Maint.

To prepare the Auxillary Equipment Technician to operate, troubleshoot and perform basic corrective maintenance on an Oxygen Generator.

This course provides training on an Oxygen Generator and awards NEC 4208.

A-652-0107 High Pressure Air Compressor (Worthington) Advanced Maintenance

To provide detailed instruction for submarine and submarine support personnel in the operation and maintenance of the Worthington Class AA 4500 psi Air Compressor.

This course covers all phases of in-depth maintenance for the Worthington Class AA 4500 psi Air Compressor. Safety precautions are emphasized.

A-652-0108 Maxim Steam Evaporator Technician

To provide the trainee with the knowledge and skill necessary to properly operate and maintain the Maxim 10000 GPD Evaporator.

This course covers basic theory and operation of the Maxim 10,000 GPD Evaporators; and maintenance on basket removal, distillate dump valve, air ejector, air ejector condenser, temperature control valve, feed reducer, feed treatment pump, steam reducer and water meter.

A-652-0229 R-114 Air Conditioning System York 150 Ton

To provide the trainee with the knowledge and skill necessary to properly operate and perform required repairs and preventative maintenance on the York 150 Ton Centrifugal Air Conditioning Plant.

This course covers the basic theory, operation, and maintenance of the York 150 Ton Centrifugal Air Conditioning Plant.

A-652-0344 EPA Refrigerant Technician Certification

To train all air conditioning and refrigeration technicians in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification in accordance with the requirements of Section 608 of the Clean Air Act of 1993.

This course is designed to ensure an effective overall method of training for certification requirements for universal technicians as required by EPA Regulation, 40 CFR, Part 82, Subpart F.

A-662-0138 Static Control Device Theory

To provide the student with knowledge in the theory and operating characteristics of solid state devices and common electronic circuits as found on board SSN as a basis for general electronic troubleshooting for advancement to A-662-0155 Course; static control device applications.

This course offers instruction on basic semiconductor devices and theory of operation pertaining to common electronic circuits found in nearly all electronic equipment regulators and motor controllers utilized onboard submarines

A-662-0140 Advanced Submarine Battery

To provide the student sufficient knowledge and skill in the theory, operating procedures, preventive and corrective maintenance procedures, record-keeping abilities and troubleshooting, inspection and analysis techniques to maintain the submarine storage battery.

This course offers instruction in advanced theory, operation, maintenance and safety precautions pertaining to the SSN Main Storage Battery and related equipment. The GOULD TLX-39-B Guppy I, MOD C, Grade LC, ASB-49, PDX-57 and SCC-57 Submarine Main Storage Batteries.

A-662-0152 MG Mechanical Maintenance

To provide the student with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to perform preventive and most corrective maintenance required on motor generator equipment found onboard SSN Submarines.

This course offers instruction, both theoretical and practical, on motor generator construction, preventive maintenance, and both basic and advanced corrective maintenance for the 500KW and the General Dynamic's 43.2 MG's.

A-662-0153 Submarine Electrical Control and Distribution Devices

To provide the students with knowledge in the theory, construction, and operating characteristics of controllers, circuit breakers, automatic bus transfer devices, and the arc fault detector system found on board submarines as a basis for advanced troubleshooting.

This course offers instruction in the construction, theory of operation, preventive and corrective maintenance, and troubleshooting techniques for control and distribution devices found on board submarines. Although designed so that students can work on all control and distribution devices, the curriculum specifically covers: Trim and drain pump controllers, Low pressure blower controllers, Hydraulic plant controllers, R114 controllers, ABT-A1 automatic bus transfer devices, ACB-902R circuit breakers, ACB-2601R circuit breakers, ACB-3200HR circuit breakers, ACB-2002HRC circuit breakers, ACB-5800HR circuit breakers, and the Arc Fault Detector System.

A-662-0154 Theory and maintenance of the electrical portions of the 500KW and 43.2KW Motor/Generators and Diesel Generator. Covers 688 class 500KW SSMGs and EDY 43.2 KW MG’s and Diesel Generator.

Theory and maintenance of the electrical portions of the 500KW and 43.2KW Motor/Generators and Diesel Generator.

Covers 688 class 500KW SSMGs and EDY 43.2 KW MG’s and Diesel Generator.

A-662-0155 Submarine Static Control Devices

This course offers instruction on construction, theory of operation and preventive and basic corrective maintenance of temperature monitoring, salinity indicating, tank level control and atmosphere proportional controllers utilized on board SSN.

To provide the student with knowledge, in the theory, operating characteristics, and general maintenance practices, of solid-state devices commonly found on board SSN.

L-4H-0027 Operational Water Chemistry and Radiological Controls

To provide intense, coordinated training in propulsion plant water chemistry and radiological controls, with emphasis on the evaluation and solution of operational plant problems.

This course is designed to develop the student's ability to recognize, evaluate and combat chemistry and radiological controls problems of an operational nature, both as a watchstander and as a training seminar participant and/or leader. Primary emphasis is placed on the use of approved casualty procedures and an understanding of the ways in which routine chemistry and radiological controls parameters are interrelated under all plant conditions. This course is a combination of guided self-study and seminar sessions.

A-495-2039 Basic Submarine Damage Control

To provide initial training in general submarine damage control procedures.

This course covers the damage control organization of an SSN and use of Damage Control Equipment, including Ship's Casualty and Watch, Quarter and Station Bills, MC Circuits and Sound Powered Phones, Band-it Kit, Material Bag, Tool Roll and Submersible Pump. Students will apply knowledge learned from the above topics in the Damage Control Wet Trainer during Application of Flooding. Additional topics covered include Galley Range Guard System, MCU-2P Gas Masks, Air Fed Oven Suit, and Fire Watch Procedures and Red Devil Blower.

A-495-2054 Submarine Damage Control Petty Officer

To provide initial training in submarine damage control equipment preventive maintenance procedures.

This course covers damage control preventive maintenance procedures for fire fighting extinguisher, fire hoses, fire nozzles, fire fighting ensembles, thermal imagers, OBAs, EAB, Gas Masks, Tool Rolls, Material Bags, Band-it Kits, Plastic Patch Kits, Air Feed Steam Suits, Submersible Pumps and Oxygen/Acetylene Emergency Cutting Outfits.

A-495-2057 Submarine Damage Control Wet Team Trainer

To provide refresher training for SSN Submarine Damage Control Teams in the use of onboard damage control equipment and in combating flooding casualties under adverse conditions while performing as a team.

Lectures include instruction on Flooding Casualty Analysis, Damage Control Tool Roll, Material Bag, and Band-it Kit. The Get Wet Trainer provides various casualties under varying degrees of difficulty. The skill and diagnostic exercises are conducted in a simulated at sea environment to provide the opportunity for the damage control teams to demonstrate communication procedures and the teams ability to combat flooding casualties under adverse conditions. This course meets Level III requirements of OPNAVINST 3541.1 Series.

A-495-2072 Submarine Advanced Firefghting

Upon successful completion of this course, the trainee will have acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to recognize or recall ideas, phenomena, symbology and terminology, comprehend principle rules and concepts necessary to solve given situations and problems concerning tactical command of submarine fire fighting beyond the portable capability while being exposed to the elements of smoke, fire and heat. Personnel will be able to perform as scene leaders fire team leaders.

Provides instruction on fire, fire extinguishers, hoses, and nozzles, SSN-21 class fresh water hose reels, portable atmosphere monitoring equipment, Emergency Air Breathing Masks, A-4 Oxygen Breathing Apparatus, Self contained breathing Apparatus, trainer orientation and safety, and application of fire fighting.

A-495-2073 Submarine Fire Fighting (21C12 Series) Team Training

To develop the proficiency of submarine fire fighting teams by evaluating two practice scenarios and grading the overall performance in the third scenario. The team will be comprised of graduates from the Submarine Advanced and Submarine Basic Firefighting Courses (see prerequisites). It is also recommended that teams are made of boat watch sections if possible.

Provide instruction on General Knowledge of Advanced Fire Fighting including NFTI operations, fire party organization, fire fighting tactics, effective communications and Operational Risk Management as related to fire fighting. Additional instruction on Self Contained Breathing Apparatus or Oxygen Breathing Apparatus (boat specific) and Trainer Orientation and Safety is provided to support Application of Fire Fighting Lab in trainer.

Electronics Technician Maintenance School (ETMS) We teach supervisory skills to experienced nuclear trained Electronics Technicians. We use shipboard equipment or simulation equipment to provide students with a realistic environment to conduct troubleshooting a repair of reactor plant control systems.

Welcome Aboard from the Tactics Department
Dept. Head: 757-445-1397 Dept. LCPO: 757-444-7924

Our focus in the Tactics Department is to not only improve the knowledge level of each particular rate, but also to place a needed focus on the tactical application and proficiency of each rate. Waterfront tactical excellence is our goal.

War Room:

VESUB Trainer: This trainer is an excellent way for officers to get experience driving the ship from the bridge.

Based on a 360-degree virtual view headset, the OOD can drive the ship as if he were actually on the bridge of a submarine. Numerous submarine ports are available for both inbound and outbound transiting scenarios. The VESUB trainer is also capable of simulating open-ocean ship-driving scenarios. Additionally, the trainer allows OODs to practice unassisted landings and getting underway while utilizing tug interactions with the boat.

The ship is conned via orders given to simulated crewmembers, such as the Helm, Navigator, and Engineering Officer of the Watch, using voice recognition software.

At the instructor station the instructor can control all aspects of the scenario, including casualties, environmental effects, and contact density, allowing for any level of scenario difficulty.

POC: 445-1198.

SONAR Division:

In addition to the COAET and AC-2 trainers our Sonar Instructors have other resources to support your training needs. Below is just a small list of ready PPT (PowerPoint) available:

  • Active Employment
  • Minefield Detection and Avoidance
  • Anti-SS Approach and Attack
  • Submarine Approach and Attack
  • SUW Approach and Attack
  • Noise Reduction
  • Littoral Operations Manual (3 separate PPT's)
  • Passive Search Planning

LOFAR gram analysis

TI-08 Maintenance

Advanced Sonar Technician (AST) 1 (Formally JST MOD 1-3)

Advance Sonar Technician (AST) 2 (Formally JST MOD 4)

Sonar Supervisor (Formally JST MOD 5)

To schedule formal courses please visit CANTRAC for scheduling information, prerequisites and location information.

POC: 445-7924/7908

Fire Control Division:

Submarine Learning Facility is the premier schoolhouse for exercising submarines in tomahawk strike warfare. The successful execution of a strike campaign is a team-coordinated endeavor and teams must train together to build and maintain proficiency. Attack Center 2 has been configured to exercise the waterfront's crews in all aspects of strike planning and execution, including: Engagement Planning, Command and Control, Strike Execution, and Casualty Response. Because of our commitment to providing quality strike training, SUBLRNFAC has been chosen by the Submarine Learning Center as the Strike Warfare Mission Chair.

Submarine Learning Facility offers basic and advanced training in the field of contact management. Using simulators watchteams are able to conduct scenarios which challenge teams in all submarine mission areas. Using both basic and advanced TMA learned in the Advanced TMA course the watchteams have the ability to test their knowledge and skills in a safe environment.

Submarine Learning Facility specializes in the ability to train watch teams in every aspect of Torpedo Employment. The successful execution of Torpedo Employment is crucial in both deliberate and re-active attacks. SLF provides scenarios to challenge the watch teams, maintain proficiency, and the ability to respond in every situation in a timely manner. The JFT Torpedo Employment Course allows boats to send their Junior Sailors to learn the basics of Torpedo Employment and the characteristics that makeup torpedos. In this course, junior sailors are also given the ability to conduct approach and attack scenarios to aid in early development of their naval career.

Submarine Learning Facility offers training for the Global Command and Control System – Maritime (GCCS-M) in a state of the art interactive electronic classroom. Students will learn many crucial operating skills for the GCCS-M system, such as Information Assurance, basic track management; overlay creation, grid creation, and satellite vulnerability.

SUBLRNFAC is committed to providing a wide array of training topics for virtually every aspect of basic and advanced Fire Control employment. Current courses and responsive training topics include:

• JFT STRIKE EMPLOYMENTA-113-00332 weeks
• JFT ADVANCED TMA EMPLOYMENTA-113-00312 weeks
• JFT GCCS-M EMPLOYMENTA-113-00343 days
• JFT TORPEDO EMPLOYMENTA-113-00322 weeks

If you would like formal or responsive training on these or any other topics not listed contact our Tactics office at (757)445-7908.

Navigation Division:

Navigation training at Submarine Training facility continues to evolve. We teach the SENIOR NAVIGATION COURSE each quarter; a four-week course that is taught in four modules. The first module covers Navigation Administration; the second module covers Submarine Movement procedures; the third module covers Piloting and Contact Coordination; and the fourth module covers Open Ocean navigation. This is an excellent course and is recommended for every member of the navigation department.

We are also teaching the Voyage Management System (VMS) 9.3 operators course in our VMS Lab. This course is an eight day course, which will take an operator from basic knowledge to advanced system operators. This course is taught each quarter in our VMS Lab, which has 12 individual stations for training during the VMS course or as requested for individual/team training.

For team training in an operational environment we have two team trainers, SPAN 2000 and Mini-Span. SPAN 2000 provides dynamic real-time practical team training in at-sea electronic navigation and restricted water piloting procedures and techniques. The current databases allow for the egress and ingress of thirty one (31) ports around the world. SPAN 2000 allows for complete control room party and bridge team participation during piloting and open ocean evolutions. The equipment lineup includes the BPS-15H/16 radar with repeater in the bridge, VMS with repeater in the bridge, Fathometer, RLGN/ESGN, Military GPS, AIS, Bridge to Bridge radios, data repeaters, two periscopes, Helmsman/Pilot station, Sonar displays, and Commercial Radar and GPS with repeaters in the bridge. To help critique and evaluate training sessions a CCTV camera is installed over the plotting tables and at the OOD station and all data is recorded to allow for limited debrief following training session.

Mini-SPAN provides dynamic real time practical team training in at sea electronic navigation and restricted water piloting procedures and techniques. The current databases allows for the egress and ingress of 18 ports around the world. Mini-SPAN runs off the same SUBSKILSNET software as is available to each submarine for on board training. Equipment integration includes the BPS-15H/16, VMS 8.3 and 9.3, RLGN/ESGN, Military GPS, BQN-17 Fathometer, AIS, Data repeaters, two periscopes, Sonar displays, CBOT, CEP, and OOD station with SURFCAT, bridge suitcase and radar display. Mini-SPAN allows for maximum flexibility in display configuration to best represent the control room set up of each individual submarine. Mini-SPAN is available for training in open ocean navigation.

POC: 444-1307

Torpedo Division

The Weapon Launch Console Team Trainer (WLCTT) is the perfect tool to train your Torpedo Division and FT's. Capable of simulating twenty VLS casualties and ten horizontal tube casualties, our trainer provides the ability to train any team/individual on the proficient use of OD 44979 procedural guides.

POC: 445-4883

Dive Division:

Submarine Learning Facility operates two ship control trainers, the Ship Control Operator Trainer (SCOT) and the Virginia Ship Control Operator Trainer (VSCOT). The SCOT/VSCOT is designed to simulate all aspects of ship control, including steering, diving, ballast control and casualty control situations utilizing an electrically driven motor platform that realistically simulates pitch and roll motion. They also provide pre-deployment and refresher training while submarines are in port. These trainers support team training as well as individual courses.

POC: 445-9155

Communications Division:

In addition to teaching the SSN Exterior Communications Subsystem (ECS) Operator and the Electronic Warfare Support (EW) Journeyman courses, our Communications Department also operate the Multi-Reconfigurable Training System (MRTS) and the Submarine Electronic Warfare Training System (SEWTS).

The MRTS provides fleet responsive training and crew certification for communications divisions utilizing a network-controlled PC-based trainer consisting of LCD flat-panel touchscreen displays. The trainer is capable of being reconfigured for the hardware variations found in individual submarine radio rooms and supports team training as well as individual courses.

The SEWTS is a simulation-based trainer capable of providing training on various versions of the BLQ-10 and WLR-8 ES Suites. This trainer is used for fleet responsive, pre-deployment, and modernization training for communications divisions and supports team training as well as individual courses.

POC: 445-4883

Welcome Aboard from the IUSS Department
Dept. Head: 757-492-4901 Instructors: 757-492-4859
Dept. LCPO: 757-492-4869

The Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS) Department provides a broad spectrum of courses designed to enhance/upgrade student knowledge and proficiency. This Department is hosted within Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck, NOPF DN, and is a Learning Site of Submarine Learning Facility Norfolk.
Address: 352 Bullpup Street
Virginia Beach, VA. 23461
Incoming students should:
  1. Student check-in is held at the Training Support Center Hampton Roads Student Management (TSC-HR), Bldg 502 beginning at 6:30 a.m., Monday mornings. From the main gate, make your first immediate right on Terrier Ave. At the next stop sign, turn right on Tartar St. Building 502 is on your right. If checking in after normal working hours, or on weekends or holidays, report to the TSC HR Quarterdeck, Taylor Hall, Bldg. 127, (757) 492-6234 in uniform of the day to have your orders stamped and then report to TSC HR Student Management, Bldg 502 on the first normal work day NLT 0730. TSC Student Management, Bldg 502, Phone (757)492-7515/8437 TSC Command Security, Bldg 502, Phone (757)492-7886/6080
  2. TSC HR Student Management personnel will provide several forms for you to fill out, ensure you have your original orders and at least two copies with you. A base map will be provided with directions to the classroom. Students on PCS or TAD orders of more than 30 days are required to bring their medical and dental records to check-in. A Medical and Dental representative and a Health Benefits Advisor will be on site to collect/screen the records and determine appropriate Tricare Enrollment Plan Stand-by students: Check in with TSC Student Management, and TSC will coordinate with the respective schoolhouse for availability of stand-by quotas. Students checking in on any day other than Monday, during normal working hours, report to TSC Student Management, Bldg. 502 in uniform of the day.
The following is a list of available courses:

A-130-0501 IUSS Analysis Skills.

This course provides the IUSS operator the skills necessary to apply IUSS analysis skills and techniques to contact LOFAR gram detections to improve performance as an acoustic analyst in a multi-target, multi-sensor environment to detect, classify, and derive tactical information from contacts of interest.
Areas of instruction:
  1. Understand and use platform parametric data to classify surface and subsurface contacts by class
  2. Interpret indirect and inferred relationships, modulation structures, resonance component and target behavior characteristics
  3. Recognize friendly and threat weapons system acoustic characteristics
  4. Discuss and utilize intelligence websites and references for data collection
  5. Apply comprehensive analysis skills and techniques to derive tactical information from acoustic contacts
A-130-0503 IUSS Passive Sensor Operator

This course provides the IUSS Passive Sensor Operator the skills necessary to perform as basic acoustic analysts in the multi-target, multi-sensor environment to detect, analyze, classify, and conduct in-house reporting (verbal and annotation) of contacts of interest. Areas of instruction:
  1. Basic theory and fundamentals associated with sound propagation and signal processing.
  2. Basic theory and fundamentals associated with Low Frequency Acoustic Analysis.
  3. Submarine, Surface, and Aviation platform parametric data, capabilities and limitations, and acoustic characteristics.
  4. IUSS operating and reporting procedures.
  5. Integrated Common Processor (ICP) system utilization.
A-130-0505 IUSS Supervisor

To provide the IUSS Supervisor with the skills to perform as intermediate acoustic analyst in a multi-target, multi-sensor environment to detect, classify, localize, track, and report contacts of interest. Areas of instruction:
  1. Intermediate theory and application of Low Frequency Acoustic analysis
  2. Intermediate theory and application of tactical oceanography
  3. Detailed analysis of Submarine, Surface, and Aviation platforms to include source identification, acoustic characteristics, and tactical significance
  4. Advanced Integrated Common Processor (ICP) system utilization to include Messaging Functionality, GEO, and Database Management
  5. IUSS operating procedures
  6. Internal and External contact reporting
A-130-0506 IUSS Tactical Oceanography

To provide students the skills to recognize the effects of the atmosphere, ocean and sea floor on ASW operations and how to tactically exploit the environment to enhance detection of threat submarines. Areas of instruction:
  1. Expendable Bathythermograph and Sound Speed Profiles
  2. The Passive Sonar Equation
  3. The Active Sonar Equation
  4. Propagation Paths
  5. Fronts and Eddies
  6. Oceanographic Search and Avoidance Techniques
  7. Oceanographic databases
A-130-0508 IUSS Officer Basic

To provide IUSS Watch Officers the skills necessary to act as the Commanding Officer's representative for all aspects of IUSS command operations, including the employment of fixed and mobile sensors, the development of maritime domain INTEL pictures, and communications with various internal/external chains of command to meet Fleet Commanders' priorities. Areas of instruction:
  1. Basic theory and understanding of sound propagation signal processing, and Low Frequency Acoustic analysis
  2. Tactical operating modes of Submarine, Surface, and Aviation platforms, including mission capabilities and limitations
  3. Internal/external IUSS Command/Control/Communications
  4. SURTASS Low Frequency Active (LFA)/Compact Low Frequency Active