Getting Sailors Up to Speed on LCS
Lockheed Martin to upgrade Littoral Combat Ship Shore-Based Trainer, feature LCS at SNA
Training has been at the heart of successful militaries since the days of Alexander the Great. Preparing soldiers and sailors physically, psychologically and technically is essential in creating an effective fighting force.
With the nation’s first two Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) already commissioned and several more under construction, the U.S. Navy continues to train its crews to ensure they are as prepared as possible to operate these revolutionary warships. The Navy recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $15 million contract to enhance the existing LCS Shore-Based Trainer (SBT) in San Diego designed specifically for training Freedom-variant crews.
Originally delivered under budget and ahead of schedule in 2007, nearly 300 sailors have prepared on the SBT. All Freedom-variant LCS crews will use the trainer to prepare for duty aboard the ship. The Navy has described the training as “unique,” with the simulator designed to look and feel like an LCS ship’s bridge by creating a life-like tactical training environment.
A Lockheed Martin-led team is building the Freedom-variant LCSs at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. The LCS will be one of the featured programs at Lockheed Martin’s booth at the Surface Navy Association Symposium taking place in Arlington, Va., Jan. 15-17.
A new breed of surface combatant, the LCS is a highly automated ship that requires a minimal core crew of approximately 40. The heavy use of technology and automation requires LCS’s crews to become familiar with new systems and equipment not used on other ships in the fleet. Additionally, the combination of new technologies and unique manning concept requires a new way of training surface warriors.
The SBT enhancements will focus primarily on both weapon and operating systems. New additions include trainers for the soft-kill weapon system, DORNA gun fire control, Rolling Airframe Missile Weapons Control, TRS-3D radar video and bridge trainer operations.
Opened in 2007, the SBT supports LCS’s multiple crew manning concept by providing sailors with realistic shipboard bridge, combat system, engineering and other training before they actually board the ship.
The SBT supports the Navy’s LCS concept of operations through the reuse of shipboard software, integrated simulations, virtual environments and commercially available hardware. The facility’s bridge simulator allows the crew to virtually drive the ship and perform specialized scenarios and maneuvers. The trainer’s mission control center component enable sailors to use operational software from COMBATSS-21, the ship’s combat management system.
Posted on January 14, 2013
Lockheed Martin at SNA
The Surface Navy Association’s 25th annual National Symposium runs from Jan. 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., and Lockheed Martin will have a significant presence at the show.
The products featured at the Lockheed Martin booth (1115), located on the Atrium level left of the escalator, include:
- Aegis Combat System
- Ship Control Operator Trainer (SCOT)
- Littoral Combat Ship
- Air and Missile Defense Radar
- MH-60R Maritime Helicopter
- Remote Minehunting System
- SQQ-89 Surface Ship USW Combat System
- HELLFIRE II Missile
- LONGBOW Weapon System
For more information, click on Lockheed Martin at SNA.