JOINT SUBMARINE OFFICER COURSE GRADUATION
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.