The US Navy has awarded a task order to The Korte Company to install ship simulators at hangar 1338 of the Naval Station (NS) in Mayport, Florida.

The $10.47m task order for the renovation of the hangar was awarded by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast under a previous multiple award construction contract. NAVFAC received three bids for the task order.

As part of the design-build construction project, The Korte Company will undertake the installation of Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Trainer (NSST) training modules NSST 4.0 and NSST 5.0.

NS Mayport executive officer commander Patricia Tyler said: “The NSST is a vital tool for training our sailors in simulated real-world situations they may encounter while underway.

“The simulators allow bridge teams to effectively train in a safe and controlled environment, providing immediate feedback and lessons learned to our warfighters.”

The NSST is a computerised bridge simulator that enables bridge teams to practise realistic navigation and ship handling skills in a virtual environment.

The trainer system consists of two full-mission bridge simulators that allow sailors to prepare to operate as a team when deployed.

The simulators can project computer-generated video onto curved screens to assist in training.

Sailors can use the system to practise manoeuvres such as mooring, anchoring, and underway replenishment.

The existing hangar facility is spread over an area of around 14,000ft².

Through the renovation project, the navy intends to create the required multi-level trainer spaces.

The facility will include video projectors, curved screens, video displays, consoles, server rooms and briefing rooms.

Other tasks include the replacement of existing mechanical and electrical systems at the hangar facility.

The company is expected to complete the work under the renovation contract by March 2021. Work is to be undertaken in Jacksonville, Florida.