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November 10, 2011
one step closer
By CMDR (retd) Jim Hillock
A STATE-of-the-art Command Team
Trainer (CTT) for the Air Warfare
Destroyer (AWD) is now a step closer
to reality with the successful comple-
tion of the trainer's preliminary design
The AWD Alliance, comprising ship-
builder ASC, combat systems engineer
Raytheon Australia and the Defence
Materiel Organisation, is well-placed to
deliver a simulation of the AWD opera-
tions room following the procurement of
the CTT Aegis command, and the deci-
sion and emulation sub-systems from the
Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace
have been awarded the contract to deliv-
er the synthetic environment component
of the trainer's design.
With ship-fit Aegis and Australian
Tactical Interface software, the trainer
will incorporate simulations of all major
AWD weapon and sensor systems,
including SM-2, Harpoon Block II, ship-
borne electro-optical systems, sonar,
SPY1-D(V) and SPQ9-B.
The Kongsberg Defence and
Aerospace component of the trainer will
provide the synthetic environment -- or
simulation 'engine-room' -- behind the
Aegis operations room.
Key capabilities will include:
above- and below-water simulated
3D simulations of air, surface and
sub-surface platforms, complete with
the most up-to-date weapon and sen-
a comprehensive communications
emulation capability, including all
AWD voice and data-link communica-
tions as well as instructor communica-
the means to connect to other RAN
and US Navy CTTs via the worldwide
collaborative training network already
in place at HMAS Watson.
With at least 22 operator positions
and an Aegis CTG capability to sup-
port force warfare training, the CTT will
also provide significant instructor, role-
playing and debrief amenities to ensure
Due for installation at Watson with
delivery in mid-2015, the AWD CTT
will be the most capable operations room
simulator ever provided to the RAN.
STATE-OF-THE-ART: The AWD Command Team Trainer's preliminary
design review has been completed. Once delivered, it will be the most capa-
ble operations room simulator ever provided to the RAN.
Photo: Defence Materiel Organisation
By CPL Zenith King
AS THE motorcade carrying
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
approached the Australian War
Memorial (AWM), members of
Australia's Federation Guard wait-
ed nervously at the Tomb of the
During their final day in
Canberra on October 25, the Queen
and Duke of Edinburgh laid a
wreath at the AWM.
For drummer AB Luke
Cunningham, being a part of the
catafalque party was an honour.
"It's not every day you get to do
a catafalque party for the Queen,"
AB Cunningham said.
"Being able to salute during the
Last Post and knowing the Queen
was there was a pretty special occa-
Catafalque party commander
CPL Ben Barnard said although
they had three days to prepare he
felt nervous leading up to the event.
"We arrived half an hour before
the ceremony and made our way
past security to the tomb," CPL
"We waited in the wings of the
tomb for a while where we could
see straight down Anzac Parade and
the procession of flashing lights
approaching us. That was when I
realised it was really happening."
Despite the size of the crowd,
CPL Barnard said it was the media
interest that surprised him the most.
"Initially there were about 20
media crews inside the tomb with us
but as the Queen approached more
flooded in, bringing it to about 50,"
"It was a small space and you
didn't know if a camera was point-
ing at you or not."
A group of 10 Navy members
were waiting for Her Majesty inside
the AWM. The Queen shook hands
and spoke to each in turn.
The personnel were chosen from
Drummer's royal beat
across ranks and categories, repre-
senting all operations which cur-
rently involve RAN personnel.
During the Queen's visit to the
AWM, former Chief of the Defence
Force, GEN (retd) Peter Cosgrove,
accompanied the royal party
as they walked along the Wall of
Following the royal cou-
ple's visit to Canberra where Her
Majesty also presented Army's
Royal Military College Duntroon
with new Queen's and Regimental
Colours, they flew to Perth for
the Commonwealth Heads of
The royal couple left Australia
on October 29.
CPL Ben Barnard
and AB Luke
the Australian War
the royal visit to
right, former CDF
GEN (retd) Peter
the Wall of
Photos: LAC Leigh
Cameron and SGT Bill
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