Royal Navy uses Portsmouth university students’ expertise

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COMPUTER game simulators created by University of Portsmouth students will be used to train sailors.

Students are reproducing 3-D models of military ships, aircraft carriers, helicopters and submarines, which are embedded in computer simulators to reflect real combat situations.

Royal Navy bosses are so impressed with the work they have signed a contract with the university to formally commission work from final-year computer animation and games technology students.

They are already using some of the students’ work, such as models of the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and the WildCat helicopter. Future commissions are likely to include HMS Ocean and the new Royal Marine assault hovercraft.

Lieutenant Alex Smith, who works at the navy’s technology-based training unit, said that the quality of the students’ work was ‘excellent’.

Ben Smallwood, 23, a computer animation graduate who was responsible for some of the first designs delivered to the navy, said: ‘I’m thrilled that my designs will be seen by naval personnel all over the world and it’s great that future students on the course will have the same opportunity.’