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The Operational Trainer Facility (LTF) at NS Mayport in Jacksonville, FL. Work is expected to be completed by January 2021.

LCS crew training is based on a virtual ship-centric concept, accomplished through a combination of classroom instruction, vendor training, shore-based trainers and sophisticated virtual reality training systems. The LTF will provide LCS crews with the necessary training and certifications they require prior to deployment.

“The LTF provides innovative, immersive, virtual reality training for LCS crews which allow them to be better prepared for the operational scenarios they will encounter at sea,” explained Commander Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two, Capt Shawn Johnston. “It is not surprising that many other ship classes will begin to utilise similar high-fidelity simulators. This increased LCS training capacity will allow the 14 LCS expected to call Mayport home [to improve readiness].”

USS TULSA, MANCHESTER and INDEPENDENCE (left to right) cruising in the Pacific in February 2019. (Photo: US DoD)

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