The construction of a number of new anti-submarine frigates and offshore patrol vessels is causing a spike in the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) training and simulation demands.
The RAN recently placed an order with Kongsberg Digital for the delivery of two new K-Sim Full Mission Bridge simulators at the RAN's HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility in Watsons Bay, Sydney, Australia.
The project is a noteworthy addition to Kongsberg's service delivery contracts with the RAN, which includes multiple shiphandling and engine room simulators delivered at training facilities across the country.
The requirement for expansion and intensification of RAN’s training program is the result of a sustained period of growth and capability enhancement for the navy. The RAN’s shipbuilding program is currently fully occupied with the construction of new Hunter Class anti-submarine Future Frigates and Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels, while the navy is also taking delivery of two Supply Class AOR (Auxilliary Oiler Replenishment) vessels.
The new Full Mission Bridge simulators at the navy’s primary navigation training facility at Watsons Bay will be used for the ongoing training of RAN officers and sailors undertaking all levels of shiphandling, navigation, warfare, and bridge management courses.
“Our simulator training requirements continue to grow and Kongsberg has shown the flexibility to support our requirements, even in a compressed timeframe,” said Commander Chris Doherty, Head of Command and Navigation, RAN. “This latest delivery reflects the depth of our partnership as well as the importance of high-quality simulator training to the safety and operational performance of our people and fleet.”
Mark Stuart Treen, vice president Sales at Kongsberg Digital says the RAN continues to grow its navigation and engine-room training capacity using K-Sim Simulators, and is committed to providing the technology and support that ensures trainees are always ready for their role on board new and existing ships.