USA: Chief of Naval Personnel Visits CENSECFOR

Chief of Naval Personne Visits CENSECFOR

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk visited the Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story (JEBLCFS) in Virginia Beach, Va., March 19.

Van Buskirk’s visit to CENSECFOR was the final stop on a larger tour of area commands residing aboard JEBLCFS.

CENSECFOR Commanding Officer Capt. James Boorujy, and his prospective relief, Capt. Raymond Benedict, welcomed Van Buskirk and his party upon their arrival at CENSECFOR headquarters.

After a short meeting at CENSECFOR headquarters, Boorujy escorted Van Buskirk to CENSECFOR Learning Site Little Creek. There, site director, Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate Le Hastings, led the visiting party on a brief tour of the training facility.

The tour focused on the rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) and high speed security boats that are central to the delivery of training. The courses taught at Learning Site Little Creek are the Coxswain Advanced Level II Operations and Tactics course; the Harbor Security Boat Training Supervisor course; and the Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) Visit, Board, Search & Seizure (VBSS) Boat Crew course.

The newest boats are made of heavy-duty fiberglass from all organic materials and can carry up to 26 people or a maximum load of 22,000 pounds. They also carry up to 265 gallons of fuel and can reach speeds of up to 45 knots or about 52 miles per hour.

At the conclusion of the tour, Van Buskirk expressed his appreciation to both Boorujy and Hastings for their time and efforts.

The Center for Security Forces provides specialized training to more than 28-thousand students each year throughout its 14-training sites located across the U.S. and around the world.

Naval Today Staff, March 22, 2013; Image: US Navy