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Sailors, in Ships, at Sea

ATI's The United States Navy: Organization and Hierarchy course

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    Technical Training Short On Site Course Quote

      This one-day course is designed for those involved with U.S. Navy programs and projects. It presents a synoptic brief of the national policy and strategy of the United States, as well as the goals, objectives, mission, functions, tasks, responsibilities, and roles of the US Navy. The organization of the overall National Command Authority will be presented along with the organization of the U.S. Navy, as will be the hierarchy of the Navy’s enlisted rates and naval officer ranks with their pay scales. It will conclude with an afternoon session to present our UNITED STATES SHIPS replete with their weapons suites.


      Captain Ray Wellborn, USN (ret). Captain Wellborn, USN (retired) served over 13 years of his 30-year Navy career in submarines. He has a BSEE degree from the US Naval Academy and a MSEE degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also has an MA from the Naval War College. He had two major commands at sea and one ashore: USS MOUNT BAKER (AE 34), USS DETROIT (AOE 4), and the Naval Electronics Systems Engineering Center, Charleston. He was Program Manager for Tactical Towed Array Sonar Systems and Program Director for Surface Ship and Helicopter ASW Systems for the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC. After retirement in 1989, he was the Director of Programs for ARGOTEC, Inc., where he oversaw the manufacture of advanced R&D models for large underwater acoustic projectors. From 1992 to 1996, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Marine Engineering Department of Texas A&M, Galveston. Since 1996, he has been an independent consultant for International Maritime Affairs. He has been teaching courses for ATI over the past nineteen years, and in so doing has accumulated many testimonials from DOD, NUWC, and other agency attendees that all attest to the merit of his presentation skills. He is the author of several technical articles on submarines including two recent ones published in SEA TECH magazine: “The Efficacy of Submarine Warfare,” and “USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774)—A New Steel-Shark at Sea.”

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    What You Will Learn:

    • National policy, strategy, and command structure.
    • US Navy organization and management.
    • Naval personnel rates, ranks, and pay scale.
    • Aircraft Carriers.
    • Cruisers, Destroyers, Frigates, and Minesweepers.
    • Amphibious ships and Landing Craft.
    • Auxiliary and Combat Logistic Support ships.
    • Submarines, and Advanced SEAL Delivery Systems.
    From this course you will garner a better understanding of the U.S. National Command Authority and the U.S. Navy preparedness to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations at sea in support of national policies. Those who in the past have worked with specific Navy sub-systems will garner the essence of sub-system interfaces with other Navy systems. Because of its introductory nature, this course also will be enlightening to those just entering the field. All attendees will be provided a copy of the presentation.

    Course Outline:

    1. National Policy and Strategy of an Island Nation.
      “…provide for the common defence.”
    2. National Command Structure Worldwide.
      Our deployed armed forces.
    3. Navy Structure and Organization.
      “… be prepared to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations at sea.”
    4. Navy Rates/Ranks/Pay Scale.
      “…sailors, in ships, at sea, supported by their countrymen.”
    5. Aircraft Carriers.
      A mobile airfield in International Waters— for unilateral national action.
    6. Cruisers, Destroyers, Frigates, and Minesweepers.
      From shooting down a dysfunctional satellite, to clearing mines at an international choke point.
    7. Amphibious ships and Landing Craft.
      “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the Shores of Tripoli.”
    8. Auxiliary and Combat Logistic Support ships.
      “Beans, Bullets, and Black Oil.”
    9. Submarines, and Advanced SEAL Delivery Sys.
      “Submarines sink ships!” Insertion/Extraction of our Sea/Air/Land commandoes as “Shadow Warriors.”


      This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410) 956-8805 or email us at