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LEUT Kelli Lunt
NAVY and ASC continued their long-
standing partnership in submarine training
on June 25 with the signing of a new five-
The contract, which resulted from
an open tender process, was signed at
the Submarine Training Systems Centre
at HMAS Stirling by Director Training
Authority Submarines CMDR Matthew
Hoffman and CEO ASC Stephen Ludlam.
The Collins-class submarine training
services contract includes operator, main-
tainer and operational training for all sub-
mariners from initial entry through to con-
tinuation career training for officers and
Under the contract, Navy and ASC will
collaborate to ensure all submarine courses
and activities are delivered safely and to the
highest possible standards by using training
best practice and leading technology, includ-
ing computer and platform simulation.
CMDR Hoffman said while the strong
partnership with ASC continued, the ten-
der process through the Navy Contracting
Bureau (NCB) had been a new direction
"Signing this contract is the culmination
of 12-months work by Navy, NCB and ASC
personnel," he said.
"This is the first time the contract went
to open tender and I am confident that the
final product represents good value for
"It also represents an excellent opportu-
nity to ensure we maintain the tradition of
producing high quality submarine training
at the Submarine Training Systems Centre."
ASC has provided training at the centre
LEUT Kelli Lunt
A TEAM of multimedia special-
ists have come together to form a
support unit dedicated to technol-
ogy and training.
Established on July 1, the
Training Technology Support
Unit (TTSU) brings together mul-
timedia specialists from across
Training Force stationed at Garden
Island and HMA Ships Watson
and Cerberus in a virtual unit.
The new unit will replace the
Navy Video Unit and produce
valuable training resources right
across Training Force.
Webisodes, e-Learning packag-
es, e-Books, 3D models, interac-
tive graphics and quality training
videos are some of the resources
able to be produced.
Manager TTSU Julia Henry
said with the exponential growth
in training technology resources,
it was a logical step for Training
Force to reorganise and bring
resource development in line with
what is available in the commer-
"The consolidation of the
personnel working in various
geographical locations under one
SBLT Katherine Mulheron
NAVY'S newest engineering training
aid was unveiled at HMAS Cerberus on
The Networked Desktop Engine Room
System Simulator will be integrated into
training practices for all marine technical
sailors at Cerberus, enabling crucial experi-
ence on modern engine room control and
Commodore Training CDRE Michael
Noonan unveiled the new system.
"I am tremendously excited about what
we've got here," CDRE Noonan said.
"It's vital to utilise simulated training so
our people are fully equipped and mission
ready at sea."
Training in this field was previously
achieved through a longer combination of
training at sea and ashore.
Now, the new simulator will see engi-
neering sailors get to sea sooner confidently
working with real equipment and systems.
The system comprises 15 student
workstations, an instructor station and two
generic commercial models representing
HMA Ships Sirius and Success.
The network allows students to operate
individually or as part of an engine room
team, supporting assessment of students in
a closely-monitored simulated environment.
Specialists share skills
MT's virtual training reality
multimedia unit will mean better
support to the training authorities
and in the longer term, provide
centralised access to broad skill-
sets in developing technology to
support training in the Navy," Ms
"The Navy Video Unit began
25 years ago and while it has
certainly provided some high
quality video resources in its time,
embracing newer and broader
technologies in resource develop-
ment in-house means less tradi-
tional methods of training and
instruction including e-learning
and interactivity can be explored.
"In addition to our current
graphic artists, video producers and
multimedia specialists, we have
also employed a training systems
officer to provide the training sys-
tems and policy oversight and sup-
port to our resource development."
To request the development of new
resources from TTSU, the webform
AE288 is available. For a list of avail-
able training DVDs, follow the link at
TEAM EFFORT: CEO ASC Stephen
Ludlam and Director Training Authority
Submarines CMDR Matthew Hoffman
with the team behind the Collins-class
submarine training services contract.
Photo: CPOIS David Connolly
NEW TOOL: LSMT Jason Hopgood
familiarises himself with the Network
Desktop Engine Room System
Simulator at HMAS Cerberus.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
NEW TEAM: Manager TTSU Julia Henry with some of the team
from the newly-established unit.
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
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