The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is set to receive a state of the art Full Mission Bridge Simulator as a result of a recent agreement between VSTEP and Damen.

The NAUTIS 3.0 simulator, which will incorporate Alphatron Marine equipment, will feature improved graphics, advanced ship dynamics and increased accuracy and visual fidelity of the sea, allowing for the most realistic training possible. Working closely with Damen Services Training department, VSTEP will develop four simulated vessels for use in its custom simulator. Pushing the boundaries of maritime simulation, the results of this collaboration will involve the seamless digital recreation of the whole of the Bahamas, an area of 13,878 km2, including nine detailed ports.

The delivery will form part of the SANDY BOTTOM Project, which sees the RBDF acquire a range of Damen patrol vessels, upgrade its existing fleet and develop its port and base infrastructure.

Damen Sales Manager Alan Borde, said, “The incorporation of the simulator package was an instrumental part of the overall Sandy Bottom agreement. It will give the RBDF the ability to recruit and train new cadets annually in a professional manner. The synergy between the simulator training, the familiarization training we have already completed and the general commonalities between the different classes of vessel and the bridge systems will provide longevity and increase the patrol capabilities of the RBDF”


The VSTEP/Damen simulator will provide a full range of training facilities for RBDF personnel. (Photo: Damen)

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