For most junior officers, the Division Officer Course at SWOS is their introduction to the school.
Bud Weeks, navigation, seamanship, and shipbuilding site manager at SWOS.
Because of the fidelity of the models and how realistic they are, we're able to take each student through a number of different scenarios and let them practice on the class of ship that they're going to, in the position they'll be holding on board, put that into play and practice here as SWOS, said Weeks.
Until four years ago, all of the simulators were managed by a contractor at a facility 5 miles from SWOS.
The world is changing," said SWOS Command Commanding Officer Capt.
Wayne Gehman, SWOS course instructor and primary instructor for the full-mission bridge.
The final professional trek to Newport for most SWOs is the SWOS Major Command Course.
The Intro SWOS course was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and add skills to my tool box for when I serve as a division officer," Ens.
The COVE stations provide state of the art navigation and ship handling training," explained Stanley Lavender, SWOS Director of Trainers and Simulation.
During the ceremony, SWOS Commanding Officer, Capt.