Building better training simulators for sailors on surface ships is a key initiative that the US Navy is carrying out. This comes as the Navy implements recommendations following the deadly USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald collisions, according to Adm. William Moran, vice chief of naval operations.
During a maritime security discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in Washington, Adm. William Moran said he is optimistic with the progress of the implementation, and that part of the progress regarding better training simulators in the Navy.
Mr. Moran also stated his disappointment about the simulators that were used by the surface force, in comparison to what he was used to as a naval aviator.
H explained that the aviation simulators were training pilots under stressful conditions without risking an aircraft, something that did not exist for surface forces in areas where it was needed. For this reason, the US Navy is trying to modify and make some of the simulators more modern.
What is more, a key lesson from the 2017 collisions was poor communications and teamwork between the ship’s bridge and the combat information center. In this aspect, the new simulators will help the instructors teach basic communications, as well as some important skills.
However, Mr. Moran noted that there is not enough capacity to do this as much as needed. Namely, he wants realistic simulators for every ship class or at least be able to reconfigure one to train a sailor for any ship that they might work aboard.
Currently, the US Navy is constructing new buildings in San Diego, Calif., and Norfolk, Va., which will include numerous simulators to enable sailors undergo more training.