The Navy’s simulation centre is now operational


The SA Navy is the proud owner/operator of a state-of-the-art simulation centre. It was officially taken into service at SAS Simonsberg, the Navy’s maritime warfare training centre.

The centre is the result of a joint venture with industry to enhance naval training using the latest in technology. According to the South African Navy, the objective is to enable sailors to gain the necessary practical experience and elevated ability to execute simulated tasks, naval operations and exercises up to and in high risk environments. Integrated training of this type is part of the Navy’s vision and mission “to win at sea” and “to remain unchallenged at sea”.

Equipment for the simulator was provided by Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with facilities compliments of the maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF). Training will, in addition to sharpening the skills of sailors, provide feedback to the suppliers. This will allow for fitted equipment to be further upgraded.

Dave Viljoen, managing director of Cybicom, showed Chief of the SA Navy Vice Admiral Mosuwa Hlongwane, exactly how the simulation centre is put together following the recent official opening ceremony.

The centre has four sections: a naval bridge simulator display designed to facilitate training in safe vessel navigation and naval operations; a helicopter similar display which has the main platform, flight control and pilot’s seat; a helicopter flight deck trainer display designed to provide training for flight deck controllers and maritime rotary-wing pilots; and a PC-based submarine trainer display. This is a tool to supplement training of the onboard sensor and weapons systems for commanders and crews of the Navy’s Heroine Class Type 209 submarines.