British Royal Navy launches new sonar training facility in Scotland

1 February 2018 (Last Updated February 1st, 2018 12:21)

The British Royal Navy has opened its new sonar training facility at HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane in Scotland.

British Royal Navy launches new sonar training facility in Scotland
The RRTT system provides highly realistic, hands-on training to the submariners. Credit: Thales Group.

The British Royal Navy has opened its new sonar training facility at HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane in Scotland.

The Faslane facility was developed by Thales and will provide training for the submariners that operate the advanced Thales Sonar 2076 system.

Its new Rapidly Reconfigurable Training Technology (RRTT) system offers realistic, hands-on training for the submariners, in addition to eliminating any ‘training lag’ that previously resulted from operators being required to familiarise themselves with individual systems on-board different vessels.

"Together, we’ve delivered a system that is reconfigurable for a variety of scenarios, ensuring the operators train on the right software configuration to support their future missions."

Thales UK Maritime Business head Phil Jones said: “2076 has been the key sonar on Royal Navy submarines for many years and we have invested heavily in its technological development to ensure it remains the most powerful and effective system at the cutting edge of submarine operations.

“It is only fitting that we have worked immensely hard with our Royal Navy partner to deliver such innovative and flexible training to train UK sonar operators in such a realistic environment.

“Together, we’ve delivered a system that is reconfigurable for a variety of scenarios, ensuring the operators train on the right software configuration to support their future missions.”

The RRTT is equipped with the latest screen and software technologies in order to provide a professional and portable learning environment.

It has also been specifically designed to support easy re-configuration for further enhancements.

In addition, the system can be easily applied to other naval training exercises such as naval communications, anti-submarine and mine warfare.

The Royal Navy’s first sonar training facility previously opened at HMS Raleigh in 2015.

The two facilities offer submariners a real operational edge over their adversaries, as they enable sonar operators to train on the exact sonar system they would be operating in their individual vessels.