Joint Maritime Training Center


Joint Maritime Training Center/Special Missions Training Center
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Seal of Special Missions Training Center
Country United States of America
Branch United States Coast Guard

 United States Navy

 United States Marine Corps
RoleJoint military maritime training and pre-deployment training
Part ofMarine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Motto(s)Audentes Fortuna Juvat
Students of the Basic Tactical Operations Course at the Joint Maritime Training Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune fire Sig Sauer P229s at the range.

The Joint Maritime Training Center (JMTC), also known as the Special Missions Training Center (SMTC), is a joint United States Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps training facility located on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.[1][2] JMTC's mission is to provide relevant and credible Maritime Security Training and Operational Testing and Evaluation in support of Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security missions. JMTC comprises four main divisions: Weapons, Port Security, Engineering / Logistics, and Fast Boat.


The origins of the Joint Maritime Training Center lie in the Coast Guard Port Security Unit Training Detachment (PSU TRADET). Originally located in Port Clinton, Ohio, the PSU TRADET was tasked with improving the mission effectiveness, unit readiness, and providing pre-deployment support for the Coast Guard's Port Security Units (PSUs).

In November 1998 PSU TRADET relocated to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and by the summer of 2001 its mission had expanded to include non-lethal weapons and the Fast Boat Center of Excellence, as well as conducting training for cutter small boats over-the-horizon tactics designed to enhance interdiction abilities in counter narcotics operations. After the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the PSU TRADET began training the newly created Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSSTs).

The unit grew and evolved to accommodate the broadened responsibilities and growing inter-agency and international training requests. In August 2002, the name of the command changed to Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center (SMTC) to better incorporate its multi-faceted capabilities. SMTC was commissioned as a Headquarters unit on 29 July 2003.

In 2003, the U.S. Navy established a training detachment within SMTC to train Mobile Security Force (MSF) personnel as Tactical Coxswains and Crewmen, and in 2004 added crew served weapons training. The Marine Corps also established a small boat training detachment (SBTD) to support USMC operational requirements. In 2006, the NAVDET and MARDET commenced a two-year training surge for the Navy's new Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Riverine Force.

In 2008, SMTC completed the move to four new buildings within Courthouse Bay, and the unit was renamed for the second time as the Joint Maritime Training Center (JMTC) to more accurately reflect the unit's diverse range of multi-service military personnel and training center.[3]

Currently, all Coast Guardsmen who have been selected to serve in the Kingdom of Bahrain in support of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and Operation Inherent Resolve attend pre-deployment training at Special Missions Training Center.


Coast Guard courses

US Coast Guardsmen participate in Advanced Tactical Operations Course
Tactical coxswain training course
  • Non-Compliant Vessel Pursuit Course (NCVP)[4]
  • Port Security Unit Basic Skills Course[5]
  • Tactical Coxswain Course (TCC)[6]
  • Tactical Boat Crew Member Course (TBCM)[7]
  • Crew Served Weapon, Mk 19, 40mm Machine Gun Course[8]
  • Basic Tactical Operations Course (BTOC)[9]
  • Advanced Marksmanship Instructor Course (AMI)[10]

Navy courses

Sailors conduct land missions
  • Riverine Combat Skills Course (RCS)[11]
  • Riverine Crewman Course (RCC)[12]
  • Riverine Unit Level Leaders Course (RULL)[13]
  • Riverine Security Team Trainer (RSTT)[14]

Marine Corps courses

Marines conduct engine boat operations
  • Small Craft Mechanics Course (SCMC)[15]
  • Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft Repair Course (CRRC-RC)[16]


Weapons Division

The Weapons Division is responsible for providing less-lethal weapons testing for the US Coast Guard. The Weapons Division identifies, tests, evaluates and develops tactics, techniques and procedures for maritime delivered weapons technologies. Additionally, the Weapons Division provides weapons training and support to both Fast Boat and Port Security Divisions. Training includes various service small arms, such as the M240B, M2 Browning machine gun and the Mk 19 grenade launcher crew-served weapons system. JMTC also operates Fire Arms Training Simulator IV (FATS),[17] which supports crew served weapons training and tactics development.

Port Security Division

The Port Security Division provides Port Security Unit (PSU) and Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) training in counter-terrorism and force protection tactics, techniques, and procedures. Courses include chemical, biological, and radiological defense, basic skills courses, pier and vehicle searches, and military operations in urban terrain (MOUT). The Port Security Division also maintains a group of cultural guides and charts, maps, imagery and publications of strategic ports worldwide.

Engineering/Logistics Division

The Logistics Department, part of the Engineering and Logistics Division, provides the support, supplies and maintenance for all activities at JMTC. Procurement and contracting are done through various sources including those used by Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune as well as UNICOR, General Services Administration and commercial vendors. The Engineering Division handles all of the aspects of the vehicle and boat maintenance from routine preventative maintenance to ordering parts for vehicles used during training.

Fast Boat Division

The Fast Boat Division provides standardized, safe and relevant fast boat tactics and training to students. Inherent in this mission is the requirement for knowledgeable instructors, who maintain proficiency in the most up-to-date fast boat tactics, techniques and procedures for all US Coast Guard, US Navy, and US Marine Corps small boats. Within the Fast Boat Division, there are two sections: the Tactical Coxswain section, which instructs Navy Mobile Security Forces (NMSF), Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST), and Port Security Unit (PSU) coxswains, and the Cutter Boat Over-the-Horizon (CB-OTH) section, which teaches counter-narcotic operations to the cutter fleet.

See also


  • FATS (Firearms Training Simulator)


  1. ^ "Joint Maritime Training Center". 16 March 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Joint Maritime Training Center website". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  3. ^ "JMTC History". Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Non-Compliant Vessel Pursuit (NCVP)". 23 February 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  5. ^ "PSU Basic Skills". Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Tactical Coxswain Course (TCC)". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Tactical Boat Crew Member (TBCM)". 8 December 2010. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Crew-Served Weapon MK-19 40mm Machine Gun Course". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Basic Tactical Operations Course (BTOC)". Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Advanced Marksmanship Instructor Course (AMI)". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  11. ^ "USN Riverine Combat Skills Course (RCS)". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  12. ^ "USN Riverine Crewman Course (RCC)". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  13. ^ "USN Riverine Unit Level Leaders Course (RULL)". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  14. ^ "USN Riverine Security Team Trainer (RSTT)". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  15. ^ "USMC Small Craft Mechanic Course". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  16. ^ USMC Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft Repair Course (CRRC-RC)[dead link]
  17. ^ "Fire Arms Training Simulator IV (FATS)". Retrieved 19 May 2011.

External links

  • Special Missions Training Center