Gro­ton — Thir­teen stu­dents of “Class 17030,” Sub­ma­rine Of­fice Ad­vanced Course, and 36 stu­dents of “Class 17050,” Sub­ma­rine Of­fi­cer Ba­sic Course, grad­u­ated in joint cer­e­monies Aug. 25.

Cmdr. Daniel Reiss, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the USS New Mex­ico (SSN-779), ad­dressed the grad­u­ates.

For the ad­vanced course, Lt. Henry Don­aghy re­ceived the L.Y. Spear Award and a gold watch in recog­ni­tion of his over­all su­pe­rior aca­demic per­for­mance as course honor grad­u­ate.

Lt. Thomas Nowrey was re­cip­i­ent of the David Lloyd Award for Ex­cel­lence and Lt. Matthew Rock­well re­ceived the Armed Forces Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Elec­tron­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Award.

Lts. Matthew Sny­der, Don­aghy, and Nowrey all grad­u­ated with dis­tinc­tion.

Lt. Tyler Turpin was se­lected as the course’s out­stand­ing in­struc­tor.

The Sub­ma­rine Of­fi­cer Ad­vanced Course is 20 weeks long and pre­pares grad­u­ates for in­creased re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as depart­ment heads by pro­vid­ing ex­ten­sive in­struc­tion in tac­tics, sonar, weapons, fire con­trol, nav­i­ga­tion and op­er­a­tions.

Lt. j.g. Julie Sta­bile re­ceived the L.Y. Spear Award as ba­sic course honor grad­u­ate and En­sign Colton Westover re­ceived the Adm. An­drew I. McKee Award.

Lt. j.g. Bren­dan McCarthy was re­cip­i­ent of the Naval Sub­ma­rine League Fire Con­trol Ex­cel­lence Award for achiev­ing the great­est un­der­stand­ing of tar­get mo­tion anal­y­sis as mea­sured by demon­strated pro­fi­ciency in plot­ting me­chan­ics and fire con­trol sys­tem op­er­a­tion.

Lt. Steven Pren­der­gast was named the course’s out­stand­ing in­struc­tor.

The Sub­ma­rine Of­fi­cer Ba­sic Course is 10 weeks long and teaches of­fi­cers the the­ory, in­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of nu­clear-pow­ered sub­marines. In prepa­ra­tion for their first sub­ma­rine as­sign­ment, of­fi­cers re­ceive in­ten­sive in­struc­tion in areas to in­clude ship­board or­ga­ni­za­tion, dam­age con­trol, sub­ma­rine safety and es­cape pro­ce­dures, sub­ma­rine weapons, fire con­trol and sonar sys­tems in or­der to be a fully con­tribut­ing mem­ber of a ship’s ward­room from the day they re­port aboard.

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