May 2006 - Bridge Simulator Course
OSEA Barry Dulieu writes: In May 2006, I was part of a combined VR team that escaped the real world and spent a weekend training in the bridge simulator at the Devonport Naval base.
Our “other world ” experience began on Saturday morning after a briefing from the Bridge Simulation Team.
The cleverly designed bridge training facility consists of a main bridge and two smaller bridge simulators. These areas were to become familiar to us over the next two days. We were split into three groups and assigned a range of Protector ships to crew. Each group rotated at being on the main bridge.
The exercises were designed to give everybody the maximum training and effect of carrying out their duties as would be required at sea. We conducted exercises such as leaving and entering ports (night and daytime) and undertook various ship manoeuvres at sea such as re-supplying and forming up. Duties ranged from CO and OOW, communications, watch keeping and helm.
The facility really did give the sense that you were at sea with all of the inherent dangers. High levels of concentration were needed at all times, especially with the nature of the scenarios dished up at the hands of the bridge simulation trainers. We look forward to many further complications when we return to the bridge simulator in September.
Among the many things I learnt on the weekend was the importance of working as a team and the necessity of getting proficient at required duties. It was also good to get to know some of the personnel from other VR divisions.
It was a great experience – Take the trip if you can.
-OSEA Barry Dulieu