Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, hosted a Feedback Session with Warrant Officers and Senior Sailors on a visit to HMAS Cerberus on Monday 29 July 2013 as well as taking an extensive look at the facilities at West Head Gunnery Range (WHGR) located in Flinders and HMAS Cerberus Engineering Faculty’s recently unveiled Networked Desktop Engine Room System Simulator (NDERSS).
At WHGR, VADM Griggs viewed recently installed weapons systems and observed a class of Intermediate Boatswains Mate trainees conducting 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun firings as part of the Principal Controlling Officer's course. Instructors and staff showcased the current training equipment and explained how proposed systems will support Navy training well into the future.
VADM Griggs later inspected one of Navy’s most recent training systems in the engineering field and was afforded the chance to test drive the system himself. The NDERSS is a new computer based simulation system which will be integrated into training practices for all Marine Technical (MT) sailors at HMAS Cerberus to gain experience on modern engine room control and monitoring systems. It simulates two generic commercial engines representing HMA Ships Sirius and Success.
While VADM Griggs worked his way through a simulation, CAPT Katherine Richards, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, explained that the new system had unlimited exercises and simulations that could be used to train MT sailors undergoing Initial Technical Training. NDERSS will allow technical sailors to obtain their qualifications quickly and confidently, enabling them to progress to sea for more effective consolidation training.
As a final stop during his visit to Navy’s largest training establishment, VADM Griggs, accompanied by Warrant Officer of the Navy, WO-N Martin Holzsberger, extended an invitation to Warrant Officers and Senior Sailors to participate in a Feedback Session.
Feedback Sessions are regularly conducted throughout Navy and provide CN and Senior Sailors an occasion to speak frankly on the status of the Fleet, as well as to open the floor for questions or concerns.