Training for Sea While Ashore
Simulator keeps Bush Sailors proficient during yard period
While USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (GHWB) carries on with its Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) period in Norfolk Naval Shipyard, one of the many adjustments the ship's crew continues to overcome is a sudden lack of practical, hands-on training for the navigation team aboard the now stationary ship.
Without the ability to train at sea, the Norfolk Navigation Seamanship Ship-Handling (NSS) facility on Naval Station Norfolk provides the ship's navigation team an opportunity to hone its skills during PIA.
NSS provides simulator training for every class of ship in the U.S. Navy from patrol boats to aircraft carriers. GHWB's navigation team visits NSS twice a month to participate in different training evolutions as a way to stay prepared while in the shipyard.
The bridge simulator exercise is in place as synthetic training while we're in the yards since we obviously are not able to operate the equipment during the availability period."
-Cmdr. Marc Christino
The simulation facilities present a realistic underway environment for the navigation team as they practice a variety of evolutions such as underway replenishments, towing, anchoring, certifications and team training during the 60 hours designated for each ship for the yearly training cycle.
"It keeps us proficient and allows us to train new folks that have come on board," said Cristino.