#ICYMI: Onboard ship simulator enhances #USNavy cruiser #USSSanJacinto's training program
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Three screens and a helm occupy the corner of an office on the main deck of USS San Jacinto (CG 56). But to the crew and officers assigned to this Ticonderoga-class cruiser, it may as well be the bridge of a storm-tossed ship at sea. What it actually is may help save lives and enhance the crew's ability to fight the ship. It's a portable onboard ship simulator, similar to the Navy's state-of-the-art shore-based navigation, seamanship and ship handling trainers (NSST). An instructor, often the ship's commanding officer, executive officer, senior watch officer or navigator, can observe and offer guidance while a trainee maneuvers through heavy traffic or goes through the procedures for a man overboard situation. Pressing a button on the control console turns glassy seas into a tempest, or drops a supertanker on a collision course. "We can throw them into dan...