A NEW simulator serving marine engineers heading to sea onboard one of the Royal Navy’s Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs) has been formally opened by Commander Operational Training, Commodore Simon Huntington OBE.
HMS Huntsman, which was designed by NSC and named after the Navy’s six-strong mine-hunting fleet, provides an up-to-date training programme for those using the ships’ main propulsion engines.
Based within the Defence College of Technical Training’s Defence School of Marine Engineering at HMS Sultan in Gosport, the simulator equips engineering officers and technicians with the necessary skills to operate, maintain, diagnose and repair the Hunt Class’ modern diesel design.
The training tool – developed in partnership with Defence Equipment and Support – replicates the vessels’ sophisticated Machinery Control and Surveillance (MCAS) system, which monitors engine, gearbox and bow thruster activity.
Controls, Diagnostic, PJT & UMMS Section Officer, Lieutenant Mathew Fuge said: “Our new simulator will ensure we can provide engineers with the necessary skills to effectively manage the Hunt Class engines, so that MCMVs can continue to be deployed in their primary role of identifying and clearing mines and explosives from seabeds all over the world.”
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.”