C4iSR: Maritime

New RN sonar training facility opens

26 January 2018

A new submarine sonar training facility has opened at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, to deliver realistic training for Royal Navy (RN) submariners operating the Thales Sonar 2076 submarine active/passive integrated sonar system.

The Thales-supplied trainer, known as the Rapidly Reconfigurable Training Technology (RRTT) system, has been designed to provide high-fidelity hands-on training to sonar operators. Training is delivered by RN instructors.

Sonar 2076 is fitted to the RN’s three remaining Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) and the new Astute-class SSN. An evolved variant of the system will equip the next-generation Dreadnought nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

The opening of the Faslane facility, announced on 26 January, builds on the success of a similar facility opened in 2015 at HMS Raleigh, an RN training establishment in Torpoint, Cornwall, close to HM Naval Base Devonport.

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