GROTON, Conn. (Feb. 25, 2020) Navy Diver 1st Class Mathew Villafuerte, left, and Navy Diver 2nd Class John McGuire, right, Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) instructors on Naval Submarine Base New London, demonstrate proper submarine escape procedures using the Pressurized Submarine Escape Trainer. Naval Submarine School builds a foundation upon which officers and enlisted personnel are prepared to develop the competence and proficiency in skills necessary to operate and maintain their submarines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Derien C. Luce/Released)

The Submarine Learning Center (SLC) is the only Naval Education and Training Command learning center responsible for officer and enlisted ratings’ individual training as well as all shore-based warfare mission area training.

The SLC integrates technology, organizational alignment, and human performance with training to maintain effectiveness. Instructional design tools and new learning delivery technologies are evaluated and used to improve comprehension and maximize Sailor performance.

Through modernized training, the SLC affects change necessary to meet the Submarine Force expectation of a more agile organization and improved warfighting readiness.

The SLC is dedicated to providing submarine Sailors the necessary tools to lead the force by embracing modern training and education systems and integrating those advancements into the Navy's undersea warfare community.

SLC News

Submarine Learning Center Brings Submarine Training to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

23 April 2020

From Alexander Gago

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) formally broke ground on a new Submarine Learning Center (SLC) training facility March 13. The new SLC training facility onboard PNSY will be located at historic Building 177.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) formally broke ground on a new Submarine Learning Center (SLC) training facility March 13. The new SLC training facility onboard PNSY will be located at historic Building 177.

SLC, collaborating with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) 08, NAVSEA 07TR, Naval Nuclear Laboratory, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Electric Boat Corporation, played an integral part in the planning of the state-of-the-art training facility. This modernized, innovative, learning-centered training facility will enhance submarine warfighters’ combat warfighting readiness skills.

In the past Sailors had to travel from PNSY to Naval Submarine School (NAVSUBSCOL), Groton, Connecticut, to train as individuals and teams. Due to the travel distance to NAVSUBSCOL, Sailors on submarines stationed at PNSY had to commute 320 miles round trip to attend training.

“We are breaking ground on a new facility that is providing a training capability to build readiness,” said Capt. Aaron Thieme, commanding officer of Submarine Learning Center. “The opportunity exists to expand the capacity here and buy back time to our most valued resource – our crews. In the end, this is all about efficiency and readiness. Crews that have the opportunities to take advantage of the training resources here will be better prepared, have more practice and get on their step toward combat readiness faster than any other crew that’s left Portsmouth before.”

The SLC training facility encompasses a pillar of the document FRAGO 01/2019 released by the chief of naval operations in December 2019, supporting warfighters by accelerating Ready, Relevant Learning, thus bringing SLC training facility to PNSY directly to the submarine warfighters’ point of need.

The new SLC modernized training facility at PNSY is designed to support the Navy’s and SLC’s goal to enhance Sailors’ combat readiness by increasing access to training at the waterfront and provide performance support available at convenient locations.

SLC’s mission is to prepare undersea warfighters by providing and maintaining the highest quality instructors, curriculum, and training facilities. SLC and its subordinate commands are essential to our nation’s defense and to maintaining undersea superiority.


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