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US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center looks to expand live-fire training

03 February 2020

The US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) wants to expand its live-fire training events to better mimic real-life scenarios, Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, the SMWDC’s commander told Jane’s .

“We’re looking to add additional realism into those events,” Rear Adm Robertson said on 16 January during an interview at the annual Surface Warfare Association National Symposium.

Previous training has had to sacrifice realism to reduce risk.

“For safety reasons, we tend to operate ships at reduced speeds, but that’s not the real world,” he said. “That’s not a realistic expectation.”

He noted every ship command officer, when fired upon or defending a ship, will most likely increase speed, manoeuvre and try to reduce their electronic footprint – something that’s not possible with the current training ranges.

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