SWOS welcomed the USS Willard Keith (DD 775) Reunion Association. A Sumner Class Destroyer, DD 775 was commissioned in 1944.
SWOS kicked off this weekend's Navy Birthday celebration with a cake cutting ceremony in Bobbie Burke Lounge on Friday morning. Chief Peterson delivered a splendid account of the Navy's early history before CDR Foster and LT Cotter performed the ceremonial cake cutting.
Congratulations to LCS OOD Class 111 for completing this rigorous course! Good luck in the Fleet!
Yale's future Naval Leaders participated in a Q&A session led by three SWOS leaders and five other communities.
LCDR Angela Eickelmann, LCDR Andrea Benvenuto and LT Kelli Woods are pictured discussing the excellent opportunities of a Naval Officer and Surface Warfare Officer.
Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled Hassan Said, commander-in-chief, Egyptian Navy poses with Capt. Scott Robertson, commanding officer, Surface Warfare Officers School during a visit to the command.
Admiral Yutaka Murakawa, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force visits Surface Warfare Officers School Command.
243rd Navy Birthday Ball tickets available at SWOS!
CAPT Robertson conducted an All Hands Call on Thursday morning to recognize the achievements of several departing shipmates. In recognition of their outstanding contributions to SWOS and the Navy, CDR Eugene Roberts and CDR Michael Fortenberry were awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, LT Grant Barrett and LT Joshua Heavey were awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. CDR Roberts was also recognized for his 35 years out outstanding Naval service as this transition marks the end of his sucessful career.
Surface Warfare Officers School Employing New Technology and Training Methods.
This week we spotlight Machinist's Mate First Class (SW) William M. Barish. He enlisted in the Navy in February of 2002 and graduated Basic Training at RTC Great Lakes. He subsequently attended Machinist's Mate "A" school. At sea, he has served in Auxiliaries Division on USS Dubuque (LPD 8), USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Laboon (DDG 58), and most recently onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as RPO5 WCS and Training Department LPO.
MM1 Barish is currently serving as an instructor at Engineering Learning Site, Norfolk for the basic valve maintenance course that assists Sailors in increasing their knowledge in valve operation, repair and maintenance. Additionally, he is an instructor for air compressor and components maintenance, shipboard gage calibration, and fuel and lube oil testing classes.
MM1 has 2 sons, Nico and Julian, whom he spends most of his free time with. He also enjoys fishing and is working towards finishing up his Bachelor's degree in business management.
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.