I’m from Bridgeport, Conn. I enlisted in the
Navy with a degree in psychology and went
through the training pipeline for fire con-
trolman. But by the time I graduated with
that Navy Enlisted Classification, I went to
Officer Candidate [School] almost immedi-
ately after. I’m coming up on 19 years now.
Originally, I was assigned to a destroyer, USS Lassen.
Later, I obtained a master’s degree in National Security
Affairs at Naval Postgraduate School. My second
ship was an aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis. I also
deployed on the carrier USS Enterprise on the staff of
commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, as the Tomahawk
Officer. My third ship was a cruiser, USS Cowpens. So,
I’ve been on all the big platforms. Right before this tour,
I was the Tomahawk lead and Tomahawk instructor at
Tactical Training Group Atlantic.
When it was time for my next orders, there was
a demand for surface warfare officers (SWOs) in
the Mark VI patrol boat community. It looked like a
good fit so this is where I went. It’s a pretty big delta
[change], but the guys I have working for me are making it pretty easy.
This is a very different community. You are much
closer, I mean, physically, you’re closer to the water.
It’s a smaller boat, smaller crew, so you get to know
the people a lot better, and they’re very impressive.
I’m impressed with the program overall.
Bravo Company is focused on the Mark VI boat.
I have 82 people working for me. We are developing
six Mark VI patrol boat crews. A boat captain can be
a chief or a junior officer. Once we get a set crew, our
goal is to keep them together. There is comradery. It is
the same thing that we would do in the fleet. A watch
team will work better if they know each other.
We are constantly training. I have my boat here in
Little Creek. We’re working on that. Our ultimate goal
is always deployment, so we are in a training cycle
now. The training is intense.
There are a great many different schools that we
send our folks to for a lot of different skill sets —
everything from engineering to weapons schools. I
have a very small crew, so we have to learn a bunch of
different things. It is a very different mission set than
the regular Navy, so the training is constant.
The SWO experience that I bring to the team has
prepared me well for this assignment. A goal of this is
to operate with a strike group. On my tour on a strike
group staff I learned how to integrate other ships with
a strike group. The operators I have with me know the
boat very well. What I bring to the table is how to integrate that boat with other ships.
I have taken the Mark VI out to Guam when it was
positioned there. My folks went out there for a month to
accept those boats to make sure they were up and running. The Mark VI does very well for the mission set that
it is designed for. I have all the capabilities I need. n
Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Scully
BRAVO COMPANY OFFICER-IN-CHARGE
COASTAL RIVERINE SQUADRON TWO
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.