What is Naval Surface warfare?

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  1. chris.nugent13

    chris.nugent13 Member

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    I have seen on a lot of NROTC websites that you can get commisioned as naval surface warfare officer. Could someone provide a job description on that? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Surface Warfare Officers are the officers who work aboard ships (except for the air wing on carriers.)
     
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    It's like submarine warfare, but above water.
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    I was wondering how long it'd take for that one. :biggrin:

    Steve
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  5. Capt MJ

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    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Hahaha, I actually laughed in real life for this one XD
     
  7. SubSquid

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    Surface Warfare is the war fighting technique employed by commanders of boats that float on the top of the ocean to keep them safe from boats that don't float on the top of the ocean.

    Also see "Targets" and "Death from Below"

    Ooogaa!
     
  8. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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  9. Zaphod

    Zaphod Founding Member

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    Surface warfare?

    Heck, we're the REAL Navy, with a heritage that goes back several thousand years.

    (in before the "sodomy and the lash" jokes...)
     
  10. weightrock42

    weightrock42 New Member

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    So it is more "noble" to be underwater than above in the Navy? I'm an Army guy myself.
     
  11. AF6872

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    Goes way back to "Wooden Ships and Iron Men".:biggrin:
     
  12. Zaphod

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    Either is better than being in the Army. :thumb:
     
  13. AF6872

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    No Air Force reference please. Big rooms, comfortable bunk, clean sheets, great NCO Clubs and don't forget the Golf Courses.
     
  14. pennak

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    I am reminded of a speech that the NROTC guy told a bunch of HS students last year at Texas A&M open house for pre-cadets (my DS among them). He said that why in the world would anyone in the right mind pick the Marines or the Army over the Navy. They fight in the mud, he said. He fights, he said, by going over to an instrument panel and pushing a button to launch a missle and then having a steak dinner that night. It didn't persuade my DS -- he is still intent on a Marine commission.
     
  15. pennak

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    That's a *great* line. I will be sure to relay that to my son.
     
  16. 2012mom?

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    Only if you're on a black boat, not a gray ship.
     
  17. dunninla

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    don't know whether subs are "more noble", but do know that the USNA could't get 132 out of 1000 last year (or several years prior) to "select" subs, so needed to "draft" quite a few to get to the 132 mission set.
     

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