The Royal Australian Navy (Ran) has developed a course to train maintainers of the Mk 92 Mod 12 Fire Control System on Guided Missile Frigates (FFG).

The MK 92 System is claimed to be the largest and most complex fire control system currently in service with the navy.

The new course has been developed after the US Navy ceased offering the course to foreign military personnel.

Chief petty officer William Edmondston said: "For the last 35 years, the USN delivered an 11-month course at Training Support Centres in San Diego and Virginia, but this stopped in 2014 prior to the US Navy decommissioning their last of class, the USS Simpson in September this year.

"Australian personnel returning from course in the United States then had to complete a conversion course at the Naval Engineering Systems Centre – Fleet Base East to ensure they were proficient on the upgraded Australian frigates."

The team were given three months to consolidate both courses into one, and to reduce the timeframe from 18 months to eight months.

The new course includes a significant practical element for trainees to combine their theoretical training, offering an enhanced skill level to the guided missile frigate fleet.

"The level of training output has far exceeded the training provided by the US Navy in years past."

The Royal Navy Mk 92 instructors already delivered the course to the first class of eight onboard harbour training ship HMAS Sydney.

Chief Petty officer electronics technician Adam North said: "The level of training output has far exceeded the training provided by the US Navy in years past.

"Students and instructors are able to utilise a fully operational and integrated Fire Control System to complete in depth operation and fault finding practices."

After completing the course, the students will travel to San Diego, California, to complete three months of Harpoon weapon systems maintenance training.

Image: Royal Australian Navy MK 92 Mod 12 Fire Control System Course students and instructors onboard HMAS Sydney, Fleet Base East. Photo: © Royal Australian Navy.