DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Commodore Training (COMTRAIN) visited the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) and one of its learning sites, AEGIS Training and Readiness Center (ATRC), co-located onboard Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP), July 5.
RAN Commodore Justin Jones is responsible for all RAN training. He visited CSCS and ATRC, accompanied by Naval Attache to the United States RAN Commodore Peter Leavy, to discuss AEGIS baseline 9C training and U.S. Navy training initiatives, and to see firsthand how the U.S. Navy is training the RAN Sailors manning the new Hobart class of air warfare destroyers (AWD), which are equipped with the AEGIS combat system.
ATRC Commanding Officer Capt. Pete Galluch and CSCS Executive Officer Cmdr. Chris Simmons welcomed Jones and provided him command overviews, a brief tour of the schoolhouse, and training demonstrations.
"Commodore Jones observed a blended learning solution that includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs [and] simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive courseware training," Galluch explained. "He was able to see how we have been helping his Sailors implement and execute AEGIS since the beginning of 2014."
Jones, who was appointed his current role in November 2016, said he enjoyed his time in Dahlgren.
"I was impressed with the quality of training Sailors receive to effectively operate the AWD's AEGIS combat system," Jones said. "I also appreciated meeting with leadership to reemphasize the USN and RAN's growing partnership."
CSCS' international training is coordinated through the command's Security Assistance and International Programs directorate. Their mission is to provide allied forces quality training to enable them to develop ready teams capable of operations that maintain and expertly employ surface combatants.
CSCS International Programs Director Dr. Darrell Tatro and CSCS International Programs Training Technology and Tools' Mr. Lloyd Kleinman briefed Jones on CSCS' current technology initiatives, including the Synthetic Combat Operator Trainer (SCOT), a personal computer (PC) based trainer used to train AEGIS operators for the U.S. Navy and military members from partner nations, and Visual Interactive Simulated Training Application (VISTA), a PC-based real-time simulation of shipboard equipment used to train maintenance operators for the U.S. Navy and military members from partner nations.
"We demonstrated how we are currently training U.S. and RAN Sailors, training tools we have exported to Australia, and future development initiatives that are forthcoming between our two nations," Tatro explained. "We share a special partnership with the Royal Australian Navy and we will continue to focus on facilitating an exchange of ideas, information and training material as we progress with the AWD program."
CSCS' mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface warfare superiority. CSCS headquarters' staff oversees 15 learning sites and detachments located throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Spain, and Japan. CSCS provides more than 528 courses, awards 116 different Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs), and trains more than 37,000 Sailors each year. CSCS delivers specialized training for officer and enlisted Sailors required to tactically operate, maintain, and employ shipboard and shore-based weapons, sensors, and command and control systems utilized in today's Navy.
For information on the Center for Surface Combat Systems, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cscs/.
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