Simulation exercise success

Published on LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Topic(s): Exercises, Training Authority - Maritime Warfare

Track Supervisor, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Nicole Taylor, keeps her team on task during Exercise TRITON SIMULATION 2014 at HMAS Watson, NSW. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Track Supervisor, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Nicole Taylor, keeps her team on task during Exercise TRITON SIMULATION 2014 at HMAS Watson, NSW.

HMA Ships Sydney, Perth and Melbourne successfully completed the first Exercise TRITON SIMULATION 2014 (TRISIM 14) between 13-17 October.

Drawing on simulation capability at HMA Ships Watson and Stirling, Fleet Base East and Australia Defence Simulation Training Centre, the ships exercised warfighting skills in a multi-ship environment using networked simulation systems.

Deputy Exercise Director Commander Peter Bartlett said TRISIM 14 enabled ships to develop warfighting skills in a complex training environment using scenarios and threat systems not readily available.

“Using the Defence Training and Experimentation Network to connect the shore establishments and ships, we were able to have operations crews ‘talk’ to each other irrespective of their location and carry out serials that are difficult to achieve in real life,” Commander Bartlett said.

“The concept was challenging noting that each of the participating ships were at different stages of readiness. But the data we were able to collect will assist us to baseline simulation systems and shape future training opportunities.

“The team at the Training Authority - Maritime Warfare have done an excellent job developing the capability to enable this distributed synthetic environment.

“The benefit of using this type of training before a fleet concentration period will mean that instead of being able to conceptually crawl, walk and run, we will be able to walk, run and sprint.

“We can progress to higher level warfare serials more quickly and with greater complexity,” he said.

Director of Navy Simulation, Captain Richard McMillan, CSC, RAN, watches as Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Wayne Bemet, Flying Officer Liz von Finster and Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Grant Ireland confer over airspace management during Exercise TRITON SIMULATION 2014 at HMAS Watson, NSW.

Director of Navy Simulation, Captain Richard McMillan, CSC, RAN, watches as Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Wayne Bemet, Flying Officer Liz von Finster and Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Grant Ireland confer over airspace management during Exercise TRITON SIMULATION 2014 at HMAS Watson, NSW.

Although the Navy already conducts synthetic training with the United States Navy through simulation facilities at Watson, this exercise has provided proof of concept that more ships can participate in training without having to leave their own operations rooms.

Melbourne Principal Warfare Officer Lieutenant Jemma Southern said involvement in TRISIM 14 prior to their workup was invaluable.

“The knowledge we have been able to gain from conducting serials has improved our baseline skills prior to unit readiness assessments no end,” Lieutenant Southern said.

HMAS Sydney Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Eric Mellberg performed the key role of the Operations Room Supervisor ensuring all personnel remained focused on task during the exercise.

“Exercise TRITON SIM 14 proved that we have the capability to develop significant training outcomes in harbour. It was a valuable opportunity to continue training high end warfare and expand on skills developed during Exercise KAKADU,” Petty Officer Mellberg said.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143198.