Surface Warfare Officer training

Lieutenant Commander Schwartzstein serves in the Naval Reserve Strategic Sealift Officer Program and is a member of the Harbor Pilot Detachment. Currently a Maryland pilot, he spent four years on active duty in the Army as a warrant officer sailing on Army watercraft and sailed for ten years in the Merchant Marine as both chief mate and first assistant engineer. He currently holds a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential as Master Any Gross Tons Oceans, First Assistant Engineer of Steam, Motor and Gas Turbine Vessels Any Horsepower, and a First Class Pilot’s License for the Chesapeake Bay, C&D Canal, and Potomac River and its tributaries. A 1996 dual license graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, he holds a bachelor of science in marine transportation and marine engineering and a master of science in marine transportation and engineering management from California State University Maritime Academy.

Articles by Joseph Schwartzstein

Merchant mariners whose ships would carry defense cargoes during a contingency must have the training to operate in a contested environment.

Bring Back the National Sealift Training Program

By Captain Joseph Schwartzstein, U.S. Merchant Marine, and Commander Christopher Anderson, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2020
Today’s mariners must have the tools to keep the ever-decreasing number of sealift vessels afloat and continue the flow of logistics when called on.