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February 28, 2013
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The Navy Canteen’s Win with Navy Raffle is now into its
fourth year and growing stronger every week.
NAVY has developed a Rigid Hull
Inflatable Boat (RHIB) capsize simu-
lator in order to better prepare sailors
and officers for the challenges of sea
The simulator enables sailors
to practise escape drills underneath
an upturned vessel during a one-day
stand-alone capsize course at HMAS
Seamanship Training Officer,
Boatswains Faculty, Maritime Warfare
South, LEUT Ford Davis, said the
simulator was the only one of its kind
in the southern hemisphere.
It utilised obsolete RHIBs retro-
fitted to enable trainees to practise
deflate, locate, orientate and escape
drills while in a supervised open water
“In addition to this, trainees also
operate a RHIB fitted with a self-right-
ing mechanism while in the water,” he
“A modified version of the cap-
size course is integrated into recruits’
survival at sea training where sailors
exercise escape drills under a capsized
Currently the simulator is located
at Cerberus with scope for rollout to
selected locations around Australia
during this year and next.
The course is incorporated in the
current small boat coxswain course,
but is available to all Fleet units upon
LEUT Ford said the capsize simu-
lator was awarded the ‘Best solution
to an identified workplace health and
safety issue’ at the recent Navy Safety
Awards and also received a com-
mendation at the 2013 Defence Work
Health and Safety Awards.
The Boatswain Faculty-
Seamanship began work on the simu-
lator in late-2011. The simulator has
been developed and implemented sole-
ly by Navy.
The capsize simulator and course
is the result of hard work of LEUT
Ford Davis, PODVR Robert Byrne and
LSBM Daniel Chun with collaboration
from DSTO, Master Attendants Office,
Training School Faculty, Navy Video
Unit and COMTRAIN.
IN ACTION: The above images show the RHIB as it self-rights in the water using an inflatable bag.
Photos: LSBM Daniel Chun
PROUD ACHIEVEMENT: LSBM Daniel Chun, LEUT Ford Davis and
PODVR Robert Byrne hold the team’s Navy Safety award.
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