SINGAPORE : US and Singapore warships have hooked up their respective naval simulators, so they can conduct joint exercises virtually instead of travelling half way around the world for the drills.
This is one of the displays at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition, which focuses largely on the importance of security at sea and the maritime threats posed by terrorists.
But it’s not just about military hardware, it’s also about well-trained personnel capable of dealing with different scenarios and reacting to real threats.
That is why the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has not only developed its own realistic simulator but also linked it up with the US Navy’s Battle Force Tactical Training system.
This means the two navies can conduct joint high-tech simulator exercises, with realistic scenarios set around the world.
Navy to use more simulation training
HONOLULU – The Navy will invest in simulation software and applications in the future to help reduce the cost, time and strain of training its sailors, service officials said here this week.
The Battle Force Tactical Training system is being used during in-port exercises to improve the training of strike group command and control elements, from simple reporting procedures to the current application of rules of engagement in a realistic environment,” Doran said Nov. 5, at the AFCEA Hawaii chapter’s TechNet 2003 Asia Pacific Conference. “Through technology, our strike groups can practice and evaluate the tactics, techniques and procedures in port before getting underway.”
In addition to combat training, the Navy is distributing simulation software that can be used to practice navigating through unfamiliar waters.
“Soon — very soon — a ship heading into a port that they have never been to before will be able to practice the night before during their navigational detail brief, by plugging into this onboard simulator,” Doran said. “Our [ports] will be outfitted with bridge mockup simulators for complete navigation training. Our ships will be equipped with a version that is a virtual reality hood, designed to train individual watch commanders and enabling our sailors to see precisely what they would see from the bridge of their ships.”
Marine Week 2003, the largest maritime business exhibition in Asia, gets underway tomorrow at the BEXCO in Pusan from Oct. 21-24.
The exhibition is co-hosted by the Pusan city government, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Korea International Trade Association.
The exhibition brings together 836 companies from 36 countries, including the United States, Germany and France, to promote their high-end products, according to organizers.
South Korean, Russian and Chinese firms are expected to showcase their latest port logistics systems, while some 63 defense-related companies from 13 countries, including the U.S.? Lockheed Martin, are scheduled to display state-of-the-art naval defense weapons and technologies.
“We cannot grow to 2,000 and beyond without the additional building,” McGonagle said. “It provides additional lab space for large engine testing – there will be enough space to hold pieces from a major diesel engine off of a ship – and a ship’s bridge simulator. Part of the curriculum involves the maintenance and overhaul of marine engines.”
Link: Texas A&M University at Galveston
The favorite exhibit so far seems to be a simulator allowing visitors to try their hand at guiding a towboat down the river using three computer-animated windows, two throttles and a lever.
“I crashed,” Costello had to admit.
Williams claimed success at navigating the towboat past another barge and under a bridge near downtown St. Louis, but he admitted there were no witnesses.
“I was 1-for-2 going through,” Jacoby said. “If you haven’t tried it, you don’t realize how hard it is. And it’s the identical software used by the actual barges.”
Link: The National Great Rivers Museum
$1 million for the Maine Maritime Academy to help buy a new bridge simulator used to train students and also upgrade technology that allows instructors to use high-speed Internet lines and digital video equipment to teach classes in every high school in the state and most colleges, said Len Tyler, president of Maine Maritime Academy.
Link: Maine Maritime Academy
Computer Sciences Corp. will develop ship-handling simulators and provide enhanced instructional support under a task order from the Navy Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems.
The task order is for one year with four one-year options, and will be worth $27 million if the options are exercised.
Under the award, CSC will provide shore- and sea-based trainers to help Navy officers improve their mariner skills under the Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling program.
Link: CSC/AMC Products – Virtual Ship
THE Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) officially received three training simulators, Monday, which will allow it to offer additional courses to its students.
“The simulators will allow the institute to carry courses not offered before, such as bridge team management, piloting training, global maritime distress and safety system training, as well as automatic radar plotting and electronic chart display training,” said Wayne Ellis, technical project manager at the CMI’s Palisadoes Park headquarters.
The simulators were assembled last month but officially commissioned on Monday. The Institute’s over 300 students, along with Maritime companies, will use them in their training. Three hours of training on the simulators will be equivalent to one hour at sea and will help students fulfill the number of training hours needed to be licensed.
On Monday, the CMI received:
*a professional navigational bridge simulator — which replicates the Kingston Harbour and other courses, allowing real-time docking and navigation training without potentially damaging a real vessel;
*an engine room simulator — replicating emergency scenarios; and
*a liquid cargo handling simulator — allowing training for transiting oils and other liquids.
Link: Caribbean Maritime Institute