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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I Know This Guy!

The Navy NewsStand has an article out on "Sub Week" of Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) in San Diego. It also has a picture; this was my last command before I retired, so I knew the instructor shown in the pic. Some excerpts:

"More than 420 Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Midshipmen are getting a taste of submarine life at Naval Base Point Loma July 11 through Aug. 5 for the submarine week of their four-week Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen.
"Submarine week included time underway on a submarine and classes on topics such as submarine damage control, sonar technology and virtual fleet training...
"Another part of the week was spent in a dive simulator, a mock-up of a submarine that is able to move side to side and climb and dive to 65-degree angles.
“This trainer is great because it acts the way a submarine acts. The Midshipmen get to sit in the control room and feel what it’s like to evade a torpedo,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SS) Christian Reed, instructor.
"Midshipmen also stood simulated duty as officer of the watch and looked for ships at sea through a virtual reality helmet during a virtual fleet sub training exercise."

OK, so the Dive Trainer can't really go to 65 degree angles, unless they've modified it significantly in the last year. The "virtual reality helmet" mentions is part of the VESUB trainer; the trainee basically sits in a mock-up of the bridge of a submarine, and the VR helmet shows him everything he sees as he looks around. It's pretty cool...

Going deep...


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