The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) has launched its first training event inside the On-Demand Trainer (ODT), the US Navy’s newest combat simulator.

The ODT will be located onboard Naval Base San Diego and Naval Station Norfolk until the end of March prior to its transportation to follow-on fleet concentration areas.

Delivered to both coasts, the 40ft portable AEGIS simulator doubles down efforts to increase combat lethality across the waterfront.

The new virtual trainer was initially tested by the combat watchstanders of USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) and USS Gettysburg (CG 64).

Designed to provide high-end tactical training to sailors, like those aboard Paul Hamilton and Gettysburg, it is also capable of keeping combat watchstanders proficient during extended maintenance availabilities.

Additionally, the ODT provides the opportunity to train and qualify new watchstanders in preparation for upcoming patrols.

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CSCS commanding officer Dave Stoner said: “At CSCS, our primary mission is to train sailors how to fight and to win.

“Tactical proficiency requires year-round preparation and the ODT is a portable training tool designed to keep those tactical skills sharp and in turn, improve combat readiness by providing better trained, better-qualified sailors to the fight.”

The ODT consists of six mounted consoles and a pair of large-screen displays and is capable of virtualising the combat suite of existing cruisers and destroyers.

It can also be reconfigured between the various AEGIS baselines and builds of the current surface inventory.

In the process of upgrading AEGIS Speed to Capability (ASTOC), follow-on builds will be introduced to the fleet and the same tactical codes will be installed in the simulator for immediate use.

Paul Hamilton completed a curriculum comprising realistic air defence scenarios in the US 5th and US 7th Fleet areas of operation for two days.

Last December, the US Navy completed acceptance trials of its tenth Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) in Lake Michigan.