Navy simulator trains comms sailors

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Navy simulator trains comms sailors

The Royal Australian Navy has implemented a new learning system simulator to help sailors prepare for the challenges of operating at sea.

This simulator will be deployed at the Defence Force School of Signals Maritime Wing at HMAS Cerberus. It is designed for the benefit of training new communications and information systems sailors.

The learning system simulator was developed by Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems, an Australian-owned and -operated small to medium enterprise. The successful delivery of this system is a demonstration of the capability within Australia to develop and engineer complex simulation technology to support the ADF.

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the simulator would significantly enhance the Royal Australian Navy’s ability to conduct complex operations.

“The Australian Defence Force is required to operate simultaneously in both domestic and foreign domains, including cyber and space, while coordinating people and assets to achieve strategic aims, requiring world best practice in communications,” he said.

“This simulator is another innovative step forward for our Navy, providing our highly capable sailors with the training tools they need to succeed in their mission of preserving peace and security for all Australians.”

The simulator is based on a generic communication centre in an enhanced frigate and is designed to mimic the operational environment at sea, using scenarios that may be encountered by communicators embarked in Major Fleet Units.

Pyne said the simulator would greatly enhance Navy’s capabilities across a range of dynamic maritime operations.

“Communicators are critical to the success of our fleet as we operate in an increasingly dynamic maritime domain, regularly in task groups with ships, aircraft and troops on the ground,” he said.

The simulator will support training and assessment for basic communications operator courses through to advanced courses. It will be used for the first time during a pilot course due to be conducted in mid-2019.

Photographer: ABIS Bonny Gassner, ©Commonwealth of Australia.

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