Warship simulator built in Gosport to help train sailors

REPLICA Navy simulator
REPLICA Navy simulator
(left to right) CWO3 Jennifer Olson, US Navy, Wing Commander John Cockroft, RAF, Captain Andrew Stacey, RN, Commander Simon Chapman, RN and Major Rik Karadia, RA. Picture: Richard White/MOD/PA

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AN EXACT replica of a Type-45 warship’s control centre has been built at HMS Sultan to help train sailors.

The new simulator was officially unveiled at the Royal Navy training base in Gosport and will provide hands-on experience for engineers destined to work on the newest warships in the fleet.

It is a series of nine rooms which are connected in the same way as onboard a warship, in an attempt to create a realistic environment for the sailors to practise and hone their skills.

There are around 18 different scenarios programmed into the system which simulates, in real time, the Type 45s sophisticated electric propulsion, generation, and auxiliary machinery.

Lieutenant Philip Sharkey, Type-45 Integrated Propulsion Officer, said: ‘It reflects exactly what is on board, and plays through real life scenarios that happen as they would on the ship.

‘People can either be booked in to come and do a course on the simulator or if a ship comes alongside then there is the opportunity for them to come along and book some time here.

‘It’s a good way for them to keep their training current.

‘It’s important for us to have this type of facility because the technology on ships is so advanced – it gives the guys who will be operating the machines the confidence to use the high tech equipment.’ It was opened by Flag Officer Sea Training Rear Admiral Chris Snow and has been named after HMS Diadem.