Basic Submarine Officer Course Graduates 64

Sixty-four officers in Class 13020 graduated from the Submarine Officer Basic Course February 22; the ten-week program teaches officers the theory, instruction, and operation of nuclear-powered submarines.
Captain Dale Green, USN, Submarine Group 2 Shipyard Representative, was the guest speaker. Ensign Alexander Wunderlich received the L.Y. Spear Award and a gold watch in recognition of his performance as the Basic Course Honor Graduate.
Ensign Patrick Quealy was recipient of the Admiral Andrew I. McKee Award, given to the graduate who displays excellence in the submarine-systems and diving-trainer portions of the course and who demonstrates superior performance in submarine design and safety.
Ensign Erik Hunter was awarded the Naval Submarine League Tactical Excellence Award for achieving the greatest understanding of Target Motion Analysis (TMA) as measured by demonstrated proficiency in plotting mechanics and fire-control operation.
In preparation for their first submarine assignment, officers receive intensive instruction in shipboard organization, damage control, submarine safety and escape procedures, submarine weapons, fire control and sonar systems. On graduation, they are fully contributing members of a ship’s wardroom from the day they report aboard.