The US Navy's (USN) newest submarine bridge trainer (SBT) has entered service at the Trident Training Facility (TRITRAFAC) in Bangor, Washington state.
The trainer features a near life-size mockup of a generic submarine sail, the USN noted in a release, surrounding sailors with 18 channels of visual imagery and 16 channels of 3D sound that provide a 360-degree horizontal and 70-degree vertical "dynamic environment".
The SBT gives submarine bridge team members the ability to simulate sensors and systems needed to navigate, pilot, and moor the boat to and from a pier.
Construction for the SBT began in October 2015, with the actual trainer installation beginning in October 2016; construction was completed on 26 May 2017.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options: ihs.com/contact