SWOS Launches New Basic Division Officer Course
Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Command introduced its new Basic Division Officer’s Course (BDOC) during a ceremony Oct. 1 at Naval Base San Diego. BDOC is an intensive eight-week course designed to provide classroom training to prospective surface warfare officers in Norfolk, Va. and San Diego.
Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, Commander, Naval Surface Forces and Capt. Richard Brown, commanding officer, SWOS congratulated the students of the inaugural BDOC class (13001) for being a part of this significant achievement in the Surface Warfare community.
BDOC will focus on in-class instruction and the use of technology, including the Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE) simulators that can emulate every class of ship in the U.S. Navy and all their homeports, as well as many international ports of call. COVE provides reinforcement of navigation, seamanship and shiphandling. BDOC will also provide instruction on administration, engineering, leadership and damage control.
BDOC training sites will be led by a lieutenant commander with a staff of six lieutenants and one Quartermaster. BDOC facilities have been equipped with state-of-the-art electronic classrooms and shiphandling simulators that meet Naval Education and Training Command standards. Ensigns will also continue to use computer-based training for advanced qualifications.