Lt. Adam Quintana is a training liaison officer and a member of Commander, LCS Squadron One which supports both variants of littoral combat ships based in San Diego.
A Navy training liaison officer is responsible for helping crew with training plans as well as rescheduling as necessary.
“I like dealing with the different people on the crews and staff,” said Quintana. “I enjoy getting teams together to complete the mission.”
The LCS platform has a unique manning concept called “3-2-1,” where three crews serve aboard two different littoral combat ships, one of which is deployed. This innovative manning concept allows the LCS to spend more time forward deployed without overtaxing the crew, according to Navy officials.
Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft, littoral combat ships are a bold departure from traditional Navy shipbuilding programs. The LCS sustainment strategy was developed to take into account the unique design and manning of LCS and its associated mission modules.
“I like that the command is different than any other command that one would go to,” said Quintana. “What we do at the squadron is different than anywhere else in the Navy. I get to have my hand in the different areas of training.”
According to Navy officials, the path to becoming an LCS sailor is a long one. Following an 18-month training pipeline, sailors have to qualify on a simulator that is nearly identical to the ship. This intense and realistic training pipeline allows sailors to execute their roles and responsibilities immediately upon stepping on board.
“Sailors that work aboard this platform are expected to be capable of performing a variety of tasks to assist in the completion of the LCS mission,” said Capt. Warren R Buller, Commander, LCS Squadron One. “The training that is required of our sailors is rigorous and difficult. This ensures that they are mission ready to defend and protect America at all times.”
As a service member supporting the LCS mission, Quintana explained they are building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Sailors know how important it is for the Navy to develop new war fighting capabilities to continue their success on the world’s oceans.
“I want to serve my country and the people in the world,” added Quintana. “I like being able to protect the citizens of the United States.”
Through innovative planning, the design of systems, and crew requirements, the LCS platform allows the fleet to increase forward presence and optimize its personnel, improving the ability of the Navy to be where it matters, when it matters.