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The Navy commissions nearly twice as many SWOs each year as it needs to fill positions on ships, leaving these newbies to compete for ship driving time and other hands-on experience needed to become a good surface warfare officer.
A report this week raises questions about the sea service's ongoing efforts to shore up shoddy seamanship and ship handling skills.
The surface Navy has had a difficult year. Defense News sat down with the service's top surface warfare officer to discuss the past year and look ahead to 2018.
By David B. Larter