Surface Warfare Officers School Command
Full Mission Bridge (FMB)
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Our Full Mission Bridge simulates every Navy homeport and regular ports the Navy visits around the world. This 360 degree environment provides the student with a realistic virtual environment that cannot be matched by any other trainer utilitzed by the Navy.

Various students train in the Full Mission Bridge. Our newly commissioned Ensigns from the Officer Candidate School get their inital navigation training here at SWOS and in the Full Mission Bridge and COVE stations. Our Advanced Shiphandling and Tactics (ASAT) students also get valuable training on the Full Mission Bridge and Cove Stations. Our Department Head students practice Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection (AT/FP) tactics using the full mission bridge and like our Prospective Commanding Officer and Prospective Executive Officer (PCO/PXO) students along with our Major Command students practice Bridge Resource Management (BRM).

The Full Mission Bridge can simulate DDG, CG, FFG, LHD and LPD platforms which allows almost every student that comes through SWOS to train, through simulation, on the actual ship they will be serving on. To view more pictures please click on the thumbnails below.

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Multi-Mission Tactical Trainer (MMTT)
Tactical Action Officer (TAO) Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS)

Our Multi-Mission Tactical Trainer (MMTT) and our Tactical Action Officer, Intelligent Tutoring System (TAO/ITS) are two of our PORTS trainers. Ports stands for Pc based Open architecture Training System. What does this mean to the casual user? This is an innovation to training and simulations like no other. In the infancy of trainers and simulations full scale trainers were built which were usually based on a certain class of ship. While these trainers were lifelike, it usually took half a dozen instructors to operate and fell prey to failing and obsolete equipment. Once that class of ship was removed from service, the trainer was useless.

Now, using PORTS we can emulate numerous class of ships and in most cases, it takes one instructor to operate a trainer for 30 students. Because they are PC based, they are easily upgraded and replaced.

Multi-Mission Tactical Trainer (MMTT)
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The Multi-Mission Tactical Trainer comprises of 4 "mock" Combat Information Center's (CIC's) located in Memorial Hall. These CIC's are named for current Navy ship's including the USS Laboon (DDG-58), USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), USS Ramage (DDG-62), and USS Ross (DDG-71). The MMTT (pronounced "Mitt") as we refer to it at SWOS, is a PC based Open Architecture Training System (PORTS) which means we can configure it in multiple ways to simulate multiple platforms so that our students can optimize their training.

The MMTT is mainly utilized by Department Head students and through the use of computer simulation are "tested" through various warfare areas. This allows the student to practice what they have learned through classroom lectures and study. Through each week, the students are mentored from a basic scenario up to a highly complex multi-warfare scenario to prepare them as Tactical Action Officer's on the Navy's state of the art vessels.

The Multi-Mission Tactical Trainer is one of SWOS' highly utlized trainers and it's value is immeasurable. While our Department Head students utilize the MMTT the most, all students can employ the MMTT to practice their tactical proficiency.

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Another aspect ot the MMTT is to evaluate our Department Head students as Tactical Action Officer's onboard our state of the art warships. This assesment is one on one with a SWOS instructor and each student is evaluated on tactics and sound decision making using our TAO assessment tool. This tool is then used to debrief and grade the student with a pass or fail grade.

No matter the background of the new student, the Multi Mission Tactical Trainer plays an integral part in preparing our future Surface Warfare officer's for duty onboard our front line warships.

Tactical Action Officer (TAO) Sandbox
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Tactical Action Officer (TAO) Sandbox is a PC based decision making tool for tactical planning. Developed through a joint venture between SWOS, the Office of Naval Research and The University of Souther California, it provides a visual perspective to help our students into planning tactical missions. By using the tools provided in Sandbox, the student can plan force movements, anticipate enemy movements and evaluate responses through a visual medium without putting sailors or ships in any danger.

Sandbox is a program that is rapidly developing and has developed from a basic visual aid to an invaluable support tool with the classroom environment

Intelligent Tutoring System
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The Tactical Action Officer/Intelligent Tutoring System is one of SWOS' newest tools in training and devloping the Navy's Tactical Action Officer students. Using voice recognition software, the student plays the role of a Tactical Action Officer onboard one of the Navy's newest ships. In the old days, it would take upwards of 8 instructors playing various watchstander roles to simulate the realism of leading a combat team in a ship's CIC. ITS eliminates that workload and the computer acts as all the applicable watchstanders. This allows one instructor to mentor 30 students at a time.

The ITS is designed to level the playing field for our Tactical Action Officer students. What this means is, if a student does not have a lot of experience in Air Defense, the ITS can be used to help that student get up to speed so they are on the same level as the rest of their peers. Students without much experience in a certain warfare area can selecte the novice scenario's and work their way up to the advanced scenario's.

Our staff has the ability to script each scenario, making them basic for beginner students to highly complex for the more advanced student. Because the capability to author scenarios resides "in-house" SWOS can keep up to date on worlwide events, allowing the student to train anywhere in the virtual world.


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Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE)
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The Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE) stations provide state of the art navigation and shiphandling training for all of our Surface Officer's. These trainer's can emulate every one of the U.S. Navy's homeports in addition to almost every routine port of call around the world.

There are two types of COVE stations. Our COVE I stations are used primarily for our ASAT students. These stations consist of a virtual reality (VR) helmet that gives them a 360-degree view of their surroundings. Using a state of the art voice recognition system, students can give commands to the virtual helsman which are repeated back by the computer.

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Our Cove 3 station have the same functionality as our COVE I stations except they are viewed on three 50 inch displays to allow the student a wider field of view. Coupled with the VR helmet, the student has a 360 degree view. The COVE 3 stations are primarily used by our Department Head, PCO/PXO and Major Command students.


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Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
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The Littoral Combat Ship Full Mission Bridge is based on one of the Navy's newest classes of ships. It is a full sized trainer that students with orders to LCS-1 can train on in preparation of reporting to their new command. Using the same software as FMB and COVE, the LCS trainer has every Navy homeport modeled and allows the student to navigate in and out of desinated ports using the highly sophisticated controls of a real LCS.

LCS has the capability to integrate with FMB and COVE 3 stations to allow for multi-platform scenarios.

While it falls under the Engineering Trainers, the LCS Readiness Control Officer (RCO) trainer is also available at SWOS.


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(Firearms Training Simulator) System (FATS)
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The F.A.T.S. is part of the Level III pre-command AT Training requirements specified in DoD INST 2000.16 and implemented by CENSECFOR in the Commanding Officers Anti-Terrorism (COAT) course . The simulator has also recently been added to the Anti-Terrorism Officer Level II. The simulator uses wireless technology and rechargeable magazines to allow students, armed with a 9mm and M-4, to face possible lethal threat situations and not only have to make instant decisions, but know if it was the right decision and who survived the encounter.

The goal of the training is to give students judgmental training to include target discrimination, force escalation/de-escalation, and individual leadership imperatives.


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PC Based Engineering Trainers
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Engineering students at SWOS are also using technology to their advantage. CG47 Smart Ship Controls, DDG 51, MCM 1, LSD 41 and LCS ship class students start off using PC based trainers for their applicable class. These trainers simulate Steam plants, Diesel as Gas turbine plants. This PC based training prepares the students to make the transition to full size trainers.

Full Size Engineering Trainers
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It is in these full size trainers that students get valuable hands-on training. By the end of the course, assessors from the Navy's Afloat Training Group Engineering Assessments commands will assess students upon successful completion of the course. This streamlines the process of the student qualifying as an Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) when they reach their ship.

LCS Readiness Control Officer console
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The LCS RCO console is one of N74 Directorate’s newer trainers. It is designed to train Engineering Department Heads, Main Propulsion Assistants (MPA), and Senior Enlisted RCOs assigned to LCS 1 class ship, which employs Smart Ship Technology.

This trainer simulates the bridge watch station a RCO would operate on a LCS 1 class ship. Using touch screen technology, the student can manipulate the plant as they would on a LCS 1 class ship.


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