Simulator to prepare Naval specialists on dry land

MARINE engineers preparing for operations onboard the Royal Navy’s fleet of six Hunt-class mine countermeasure vessels will soon be able to conduct more realistic training on dry land thanks to NSC.

The military training and consultancy expert is developing a simulator for sea-bound personnel which replicates the Machinery Control and Surveillance (MCAS) system found on the specialist ships.

To be based at HMS Sultan, the home of the Defence School of Marine Engineering, in Gosport from September, the procedural trainer will use a mix of touchscreen technology and physical controls to expose marine engineer officers to real-time machinery operation and breakdown scenarios.

NSC is working closely with naval experts to ensure that the functionality and behaviour of the training tool accurately represents the real system.

The simulator will include a powerful operator station that, in addition to initiating scripted scenarios, records interactions to provide a verifiable approach to meeting training targets.

Being developed at the request of Defence Equipment and Support, the need for an updated simulator follows the completion of an extensive programme of upgrades to the aptly-named Hunt-class, which uses high-definition sonar to ‘hunt’ the world’s seabeds for mines and lost explosives. 

NSC’s chief executive Jeremy Spurr said his company’s team of experienced training and simulation engineers were pleased to be of service to their naval partners.

“We are able to draw on 25 years of experience in the development and delivery of training and simulation solutions, including the provision of simulators for the Royal Navy, British Army and industry customers,” he added.

“To date, more than 2,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen use NSC provided systems for training each year and we are delighted that the MCAS simulator will see that number increase further.”