Littoral Combat Ship Training Facility Atlantic Established

27 September 2022

From Kimberly M. Lansdale, Surface Combat Systems Training Command Public Affairs

Marking a significant milestone event for the waterfront community, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Facility (LTF) Atlantic (LANT) was established during an official ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. The LTF, formerly managed and operated by Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC) Detachment Southeast, became a separate command under the SCSTC domain.
DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 01, 2021) Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Facility (LTF) Atlantic (LANT)’s official logo. (U.S. Navy logo/graphic by Zack Loesche)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 211101-N-BR389-025 DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 01, 2021) Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Facility (LTF) Atlantic (LANT)’s official logo. (U.S. Navy logo/graphic by Zack Loesche)
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2022) Marking a significant milestone event for the waterfront community, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Facility (LTF) Atlantic (LANT) is established during an official ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. Capt. George A. Kessler, Jr., commodore, Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC), is the presiding officer and keynote speaker for the event. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 1st Class Samuel Lopez)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220923-N-N0443-3015 NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2022) Marking a significant milestone event for the waterfront community, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Facility (LTF) Atlantic (LANT) is established during an official ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. Capt. George A. Kessler, Jr., commodore, Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC), is the presiding officer and keynote speaker for the event. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 1st Class Samuel Lopez)
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2022) Cmdr. Carl Brobst, Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC) Detachment Southeast’s officer in charge, delivers remarks during a change of charge ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 1st Class Samuel Lopez)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220923-N-N0443-3036 NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2022) Cmdr. Carl Brobst, Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC) Detachment Southeast’s officer in charge, delivers remarks during a change of charge ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 1st Class Samuel Lopez)
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2022) Capt. George A. Kessler, Jr. (right), commodore, Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC), provides Cmdr. Carl Brobst (left), SCSTC Detachment Southeast’s officer in charge, with a Meritorious Service Medal for his exceptional leadership and many accomplishments during his tenure at SCSTC Det Southeast from July 2019 to September 2022, during a change of charge ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 1st Class Samuel Lopez)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220923-N-N0443-3043 NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2022) Capt. George A. Kessler, Jr. (right), commodore, Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC), provides Cmdr. Carl Brobst (left), SCSTC Detachment Southeast’s officer in charge, with a Meritorious Service Medal for his exceptional leadership and many accomplishments during his tenure at SCSTC Det Southeast from July 2019 to September 2022, during a change of charge ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 1st Class Samuel Lopez)
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2022) Cmdr. Dan Reiher assumes command of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Facility (LTF) Atlantic (LANT) during an official ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 1st Class Samuel Lopez)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220923-N-N0443-3070 NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2022) Cmdr. Dan Reiher assumes command of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Facility (LTF) Atlantic (LANT) during an official ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 1st Class Samuel Lopez)


NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. – Marking a significant milestone event for the waterfront community, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Facility (LTF) Atlantic (LANT) was established during an official ceremony onboard Naval Station Mayport, Sept. 23. The LTF, formerly managed and operated by Surface Combat Systems Training Command (SCSTC) Detachment Southeast, became a separate command under the SCSTC domain. 
 
Before LTF LANT was officially established, Cmdr. Carl Brobst was relieved by Lt. Cmdr. Aloysius Elzie as SCSTC Det Southeast’s officer in charge (OIC) during a change of charge.  From July 2019, when Brobst assumed duties as OIC, to September 2022, Brobst and his team helped shape the next generation of surface warfighters.  The det’s annual throughput more than quadrupled and they delivered over 18,840 combat-ready Sailors to the Fleet. Brobst will retire later this year after 30 years of naval service. 
 
Immediately following the charge of charge, Cmdr. Dan Reiher assumed command of LTF LANT. Reiher is already well-known in the LCS community. He served aboard USS Sioux City (LCS 11) as executive officer and commanding officer Gold Crew.  Most recently, he was the commanding officer of USS Wichita (LCS 13). 
 
“I am truly humbled to become the first commanding officer of LTF LANT and honored to join and lead an outstanding team of professionals in training future LCS warfighters.”
 
The establishment of LTF LANT is part of SCSTC’s large internal realignment effort that begun in 2021 with the changing of its name, formerly the Center for Surface Combat Systems.  The name change and realignment define the command’s critical mission of training surface warfighters. SCSTC, with their surface community partners and force development counterparts, provides system and platform specific combat systems training to a growing surface Navy. LTF LANT, with the responsibility of training all LCS Freedom-class ships and their crews, supports the increased demand for LCS training at the waterfront.
 
Capt. George A. Kessler, Jr., commodore of SCSTC, presided over the ceremony and delivered remarks as the keynote speaker.
 
“Being here in Mayport, you can see and feel the impact of today’s event for not only SCSTC, but also the waterfront,” Kessler said.  “LTF LANT is part of the domain’s overall realignment effort but the significance of LTF LANT is about the mission.  A mission that is growing in importance each day. Strategic competition at sea is not an amorphous concept but an everyday reality and it demands that our Sailors have the tactical competence and proficiency needed to execute the mission across the spectrum of operations in today’s challenging environment.  Our warfighters must be ready to fight and LTF LANT provides the high-end tactical training needed to ensure warfighting readiness, which leads to security for our country and our allies and maintains the freedom of the seas we so richly enjoy.”

The LTF LANT is located onboard Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The first Freedom variant LCS arrived at Naval Station Mayport in 2016 and the number of LCSs have grown.  LTF LANT facilitates the training concepts of Train-to-Qualify (T2Q) and Train-to-Certify (T2C) for the LCS-1 USS Freedom ship variant.  It provides an integrated command and control environment to support training in both navigation and combat systems mission areas.  LTF LANT is comprised of three components which can be used independently or in concert with the others to provide more complex training scenarios. Each section of the trainer replicates the basic layout and design of the LCS command and control, bridge, and propulsion control systems. Using mockups of these areas, which includes video screens reproducing scenes from a ship's bridge windows, the SCSTC team produces realistic training scenarios.
 
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