It will allow us to ensure that Marine Engineers join a carrier with the skills and confidence to be highly effective in their jobs.

Commander Antony Quinn RN

From Leading Engineering Technicians, through to senior engineering Officers, training is conducted as if on watch, so all the different positions work together and their reactions to different situations can be analysed.

The QEC Ships Control Centre simulator cost £1.9 million and was funded through the Aircraft Carrier Alliance as part of the wider QEC training solution.

Developed through close liaison between L3 MAPPS, the Future Training Unit and the Defence College of Technical Training’s Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) at HMS Sultan.

The simulator has already gained huge interest from both HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales and the hope is that, once the simulator is proven, it could even be used to endorse personnel for the platform.

DSMarE Commander Training, Commander Antony Quinn said: “This new simulator is a fantastic asset for HMS Sultan and part of the never ending task of making our training modern and relevant. 

“It will allow us to ensure that Marine Engineers join a carrier with the skills and confidence to be highly effective in their jobs.”

As approved by the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the SCCTS will carry the name HERMES in recognition of important RN carriers of the past, with previous iterations serving in WW2 and then again during the Falklands Conflict.

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

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