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Royal Navy - Warfare Training Facility - Maritime Composite Training Facility MCTS - n2a7 - armed forces

ROYAL NAVY COMMAND AND ORGANISATION

WARFARE TRAINING FACILITY

(Maritime Composite Training Facility (MCTS)


During 2012, The Royal Navy unveiled its new state-of-the-art warfare training facility. MCTS (the Maritime Composite Training Facility). Representing the most radical change to Royal Naval training for over 40 years, MCTS provides shore-based training for Warfare teams. The system allows crews of Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Assault ships and Carriers to prepare for service.

Based across two sites at Fareham and Plymouth , the MCTS features banks of flat panel LCD screens faithfully replicating equipment used at sea. The system that has cost around 108 million will be used by around 1,000 new trainees a year and will allow existing personnel to maintain their warfare skills.

The two major MCTS sites are about 200 miles apart but are connected by a fibre optic link. At HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire there are three reconfigurable Warfare Team Trainers (WTT) and eight Electronic Classroom Trainers (ECT) with a similar facility at Devonport in Plymouth consisting of two WTTs and one ECT.

Preparations are underway to consider training for sailors who will join the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers later in the decade and the Type 26 Global Combat Ship after 2020.

BAE Systems Mission Systems is the prime contractor, systems integrator and supplier of major elements of the MCTS. The following companies are also involved in the programme: Aerosystems International, Hewlett Packard, Flagship Training, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Serco and Pennant.