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FALL 2018

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MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ROBERT STIRRUP 24 Navy | Fall 2018 trainer for the Independence variant before the ship was commissioned. e trainer was developed at the General Dynamics' system integration laboratory in Pittseld, Mass., to validate how all the components would t together. e original shore-based trainer was assembled there, and then sent to San Diego where it continues to train LCS crews. "General Dynamics Mission Systems designs integrated tactical trainers and is currently developing technologies to make performance-based training and classroom training accessible to every sailor," said Christa O'Brien, a General Dynamics Mission Systems Chief Engineer. "Our goal is to create distance learning and realistic virtual reality/augmented reality training options to help the Navy meet their Sailor 2025 key initiatives." According to O'Brien, the company is building another integrated tactical training center to support LCS 6 in San Diego. "We are currently investing research and devel- opment into virtual reality environments that display the tactical soŒware within the virtual reality envi- ronment, as well as developing a distance learning solution to bring the training directly to the sailor anywhere in the world," O'Brien said. Virtual at Sea Training e live-virtual concept is not entirely new. When the Vieques training area in Puerto Rico was no longer available for ships to conduct live-re gunnery exercises, the Navy turned to simulation. Instead, deploying ships could conduct live re drills aiming at virtual targets at sea using the "Virtual at Sea Training" (VAST) environment. e crew used the Joint Semi-Automated Forces (JSAF), integrated into the ship's live command and control system, which created a superimposed repre- sentation of the target space that included terrain, structures, and vehicles. e crew would re actual rounds at the "target." Sonobuoys were placed in a circular pattern creating a sensor eld at sea that could locate the fall of shot of live rounds. With VAST, the crews actually load and re the guns. Because the buoy eld is mobile, it can be deployed anywhere there is a nearby safe operating area. "We can set up exercise boxes, put out a set of buoys, make sure the range is clear, and do our ring exercises," said Jonathan Glass, a project manager with ONR. "en we recover the buoys to be used for the next exercise." Simulation isn't always a replacement for the real thing. Lt. Dan Supple participates in a Fleet Synthetic Training (FST) exercise aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Chosin is participating in FST with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and other ships and Navy units, and including Marine Corps, Army and Air Force commands in San Diego, Calif. the geographically separated forces are evaluated in a synthetic distributed training environment, combining live, virtual and constructive forces. SPECIAL SECTION TRAINING IN THE MODERN NAVY

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