(Via Ho’okele News)
Lt. Nicholas Keech
Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific Public Affairs
Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP) recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest tactical team trainer with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the NSTCP training building nicknamed “Big Blue.”
The integrated submarine piloting and navigation trainer/ submarine bridge trainer (ISPAN/SBT) is one of the next generation training tools capable of providing the necessary training to submarine crews in order to safely navigate submarines in and out of the busiest ports in the world.
The project is the culmination of years of work by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) led by project manager Shelley McInnis.
“The team supports their motto, ‘Safety at sea through simulation ashore,’ by combining the latest simulation technology with lessons learned during actual atsea operations,” said McInnis.
“The end result is an effective high fidelity trainer that allows us to present extremely challenging and realistic scenarios in a variety of situations at sea and in port that fully stresses the ability of submarine operators to safely operate the ship under all conditions,” McInnis said.,
“This new trainer brings an increased level of fidelity to training evolutions, allowing scenarios to be much more complex and realistic,” said Capt. Howard Goldman, the commanding officer of NSTCP.
The trainer includes a mockup of a surfaced submarine bridge surrounded by a 360-degree dome projecting a high definition image that provides the trainees with a realistic view of the virtual ocean around them. A piloting team located in a simulated submarine control room must communicate with the bridge via the same circuits used on the submarine.
A variety of equipment faults and advanced maritime traffic situations can be used to train watch teams. At the conclusion of the scenario, the instructors are able to replay what happened in order to discuss lessons learned with the trainees, ensuring they take those lessons learned back to the fleet.
The ISPAN/SBT supports Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific’s mission to provide facilities and training for submarines assigned to Submarine