The Surface Warfare Club primarily aims to benefit all aspiring surface officers but is also a way to give insight to those who are still undecided on their preferred community. This club is a great way to gain exposure to actual ships, sailors, and the officers who lead them. With several events in the works every semester, there are plenty of opportunities for anyone, at any level from the battalion to learn something or better yet, teach something.
For the Spring 2014 semester, the SWO club held a total of four successful events; meet and greet with the USS Benfold on their SPAWAR visit, ship tours aboard the USS Gridley and USS John Paul Jones, and SWO Jeopardy.
- SPAWAR visit- The primary goal of this visit was for sailors aboard the USS Benfold to work with the scientist and engineers of SPAWAR so that these technical experts can get feedback from the warriors in the effectiveness and efficiency of the technology SPAWAR developed for the ship.
- Ship tour(s) - These tours are interactive, educational, and real. The junior officers on board serve as tour guides and not only explain the ins and outs of the ship but also give insightful advice for future SWO officers.
- SWO Jeopardy- Club members competed against one another in teams to test their knowledge of different SWO topics such as ship platforms, classes, missions, weapons, and so on.
I expect the club president for next semester to continue coordinating events that are interactive, insightful, and ultimately, beneficial to club members as future officers. There will be plenty opportunity to attend the various events that will be scheduled for next semester which will all be geared towards serving and benefiting club members.
Midshipman 1/C Noza
Surface Warfare Club President, Spring 2014