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Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS)

 

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Lt. Cdr Jim Bradshaw, RN grew up in the UK and studied at local schools and University of Wales (BA Hons History). He joined Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in September 1996 as a Warfare Officer. His initial sea service was in HMS YORK (T42 Destroyer) prior to sub-specializing in Mine Warfare and Diving (Ships: HMS PENZANCE (Ops), HMS INVERNESS and HMS CUMBERLAND (T22 Frigate) for two deployments East of Suez and NEO and embargo operations off Libya following the Arab Spring.

His staff appointments have been with the UK Maritime Battlestaff (2*) for Op ATALANTA, the UK Amphibious Task Group (1*) as Group Warfare Officer, Fleet Ops Division, Northwood (2* - 3*) as a planning / liaison Officer to the co-located Permanent Joint HQ and UK MCC Bahrain as Training and ASW / Surface Warfare plans Officer.

As an Instructor, Lt Cdr Bagshaw has served with Flag Officer Sea Training (MiW) and HMS Collingwood (PWO Advance Phase Officer). Lt Cdr Bagshaw has held Sub Unit Command as Officer Commanding P Squadron, 43 Commando, Royal Marines.

In 2017, he reported to SWOS Newport RI where he qualified in instructing Department Heads in the art of Undersea Warfare. When he is not teaching he enjoys spending time with his wife Natasha, and two children Alys and Rohan sightseeing the U.S., hiking with his two dogs and watching, more othen than playing, rugby.

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SURFNAV Class 048, a five-week course, graduated 25 students on Friday, July 27, 2018.

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The students of our International Division Officer and Department Head courses graduated Friday, 13 Jul in a ceremony held in Mullen Auditorium. Retired Adm. Guillermo Enrique Barrera-Hurtado, former commander of the Colombian navy served as the guest speaker.

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Department Head Class 247 graduated Thursday 12 July 2018 in a ceremony held in Mullen Auditorium. LCDR Burr served as the class advisor, and Mr. Callas, the Executive Director of SWOS, served as the guest speaker.

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The students of ADOC Class 033 practiced their shiphandling in the Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE).

COVE stations provide state of the art navigation and shiphandling training for all of our Surface Officer's. These trainer's can emulate every one of the U.S. Navy's homeports in addition to almost every routine port of call around the world.

Our COVE I stations are used primarily for our ADOCstudents. These stations consist of a virtual reality (VR) helmet that gives them a 360-degree view of their surroundings. Using a state of the art voice recognition system, students can give commands to the virtual helsman which are repeated back by the computer.

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SWOS welcomed students participating in the International Sea Cadets program and showed them around our many simulators and static displays.

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The SWOS staff participated in the 2018 Bristol Fourth of July Celebration by marching in one of the oldest parades in the nation.

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Sailors from N71 participated in a build for Habitat for Humanity. It was organized by OS2 Garcia, and participants included FCA1 Dempsey, FC1 Gibeau, FC1 Pelletier, OS1 Moseley, FCA1 Swartz, NC2 Beard, OS2 Garcia, OS2 Isaacs, and OS2 Ressel. It consisted of demolition and tear out work in preparation for renovation of the home. Thank you shipmates for supporting the community!

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N72 and SWOS said farewell to LCDR Josh Oakes, LT Carlos Maldonado, LT Dave Parkhurst, and LT Bob Burke this past Friday. Thank you Gentlemen for your service to SWOS!

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The students of SCC Class 292 graduated today after completing their rigorous course of instruction. The top graduates of the course were LCDR Brewer as the Top Snipe, LT Golden as Top Gunner, and LCDR Sandomir as the VADM John D. Bulkeley Distinguished Graduate.

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This morning CDR Roberts, N74 Director, recognized LCDR Johnson (transferring to Mayport, FL); LT Blackmore (transferring to attend Navy War College); and GSMC Harris (retiring) and presented them with Navy Commendation Medals. Congratulations shipmates and thank you for your service at SWOS.

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Today SWOS recognized Mr. Steven Drew. Steven has been employed by the Maher Center for 25 years, working at SWOS as a custodial worker for the last 9 years. Friday marked his last day at SWOS. We are sad to see him go and wish him the traditional Fair Winds and Following Seas.

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LCS OOD Class 105 Graduated this past Friday and took advantage of the great Newport weather for a brief outdoors ceremony. Congratualtions on completing your six week course of instruction.

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SWOS Norfolk successfully hosted their first SWOS Instructor Development Course (SIDC) from 11-15 June 2018. This mentoring and advanced instruction skills course builds on NETC basics and gives our instructors an edge as they enter the classroom. SIDC is a worthy investment in our new instructors and a command priority. Great Lakes will be the next site to begin this new step of instructor development and certification.

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This week we spotlight DC2 Mosteller.

DC2 Mosteller was born and raised in Amherst County, VA. He enlisted in Navy September 2010 as a Construction Mechanic to support his country and follow his father’s footsteps.
As a Construction Mechanic, his first duty station was Beach Masters Unit One, San Diego, CA where he completed multiple Western Pacific deployments as lead mechanic and Ramp Marshall. While deployed, he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.

After BMU1, he transferred to EODSU1 where he was lead mechanic for CESE department. He also deployed with multiple EOD Platoons and earned the qualification of Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist.

In 2015, he converted to Damage Controlman and reported aboard the USS Somerset. While onboard, he was the Work Center Supervisor of ER04 and duty Fire Marshall for his section. During his tour, the ship passed all inspections including MOB-D, MOB-E, and MCI. He also served a critical role as a Crash and Salvage Team member during flight operations, and maintaining flight deck certifications.

In 2017, he reported to SWOS LS San Diego where he has qualified in the wet trainer, and took on the duties of the Respirator Program Manager, assistant HAZMAT program manager, and Supply Petty Officer.

When DC2 Mosteller is not teaching the fleet or tending to his duties, he loves spending time with his wife Martha and their two boys, Adriel and Benjamin, working on cars, hiking, camping, and completing off-duty education.

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