Official Opening of the SA Navy Simulation Centre

Article by AB Palesa Skommere
Photos by CPO Nkosi and SEA Phukubye

On Friday, 29 May 2015 the Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane, cut the ribbon as a symbol to officially open the Simulation Centre at SAS SIMONSBERG (Maritime Warfare Training Centre). This august occasion was the culmination of work done by the centre’s workgroup which was created under the auspices of Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral B.K. Mhlana.

C Navy exploring one of the displays

The SA Navy embarked on a joint venture with industry to enhance Naval training with the opening of a cutting edge technology Simulation Centre. The objective of the venture is to enable sailors to gain the necessary practical experience and elevated ability to execute simulated tasks, naval operations and evolutions even in a high-risk environment. This type of integrated training will further enable sailors to carry out the SA Navy Vision and Mission, “To win at sea” and “To remain unchallenged at sea.

In this joint venture, the state of the art equipment was provided by Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) and Counsel for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) whilst the SA Navy provided the facilities. The Programme Director, Commander B.W. Mvovo said: “The quality of the equipment will be validated by the SA Navy during their training processes which will provide credible feedback to CAD and CSIR. This will allow for improvement of future innovations and give them an edge over their competitors in the market.

C Navy, Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane officially opening the Simulation Centre

C Navy, Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane on a guided tour through the Simulation Centre

Cybicom Managing Director, Mr D. Viljoen, escorted C Navy on a guided tour of the Simulation Centre and its capabilities. The Simulation Centre consists of the following display sections namely:

  • A Naval Bridge Simulator Display which is designed to facilitate training of a bridge team in safe navigation of vessels and naval operations.

  • A Helicopter Simulator Display which has the main platform, flight controls and a pilot seat.

  • A Helicopter Flight Deck Trainer Display which is designed to provide joint training for Flight Deck Controllers and Marine Helicopter Pilots.

  • A PC Base Trainer Submarine Display which is a tool to supplement training and education on the on board sensor and weapon system for the submarine command and crew.

Guard of Honour welcoming C Navy,Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane

Cdr B.W. Mvovo directing the programme

The event was attended by members of the Naval Command Council, members of the Fleet Command Board, members of the Fleet and Captains of Industry.

The Helicopter Flight Deck Trainer display