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Team Fisher to manage HMNB Clyde nuclear submarine and sonar training simulators

Posted 3 August 2022

Team Fisher, the Capita-led consortium including Raytheon UK, Elbit Systems UK, Fujitsu, the University of Lincoln and several smaller British suppliers, has today assumed responsibility for engineering and maintenance support of the Vanguard-class Nuclear Ship Control Trainer (FASNUSCOT) and the Role Performance Trainer (RPT), both based at HMNB Clyde, Faslane.

Above: One of four Vanguard-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) in service with the Royal Navy, that form the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent force.
Courtesy Team Fisher / RaytheonUK

The simulators play a critical role in equipping naval personnel with the skills and experience they need to work on and support key Royal Navy vessels. The transfer of responsibility to Team Fisher is a critical milestone in the contract and will help the consortium fulfil its ambition of getting better trained people to the front line, faster.

FASNUSCOT is a full motion simulator, which provides high-intensity training in realistic scenarios for personnel to practise standard and emergency operating procedures.  The specialist courses range from the basics of submarine handling to dealing with complex emergencies such as fires, flooding and loss of power. The simulator will be in service for the life span of the V-Class submarines, until 2037.
The RPT provides compulsory refresher training and accreditation for specialist communication information and sonar roles, using customised computer-based training solutions.
The support for both stimulators will be managed by Selborne consortium partner, Raytheon UK.

Team Fisher’s approach is making learning more personalised for Service personnel, which aligns with the Royal Navy’s wider transformation agenda to make training more flexible and efficient and to minimise time spent away from the front line.

Team Fisher is combining a range of sophisticated technologies, processes and training management systems to fulfil the 12-year Royal Navy shore-based training contract, including:

  • Reviewing and modernising all training courses and providing accompanying analytics to ensure training methods best meet the Royal Navy’s needs.
  • Running live on-the-ground training, and developing and deploying new methods, including digital learning and training simulation technology.
  • Managing all the associated Royal Navy training equipment including procurement and decommissioning.
  • Providing data through performance dashboards for Royal Navy management and managing IT infrastructure.
  • Improving accreditation and apprenticeship management, and running Royal Navy learning and development hubs and career advice services.
  • Marketing Royal Navy courses to the wider international defence market and identifying further revenue opportunities for the service.
  • Delivering a truly collaborative approach with the Royal Navy.

Colonel Aaron Fisher, Commandant Training Management group said: "It has been excellent to see our strategic partner, Team Fisher, achieve another important project milestone. The collaborative approach underpins our commitment to truly modernise Royal Navy training and deliver better trained sailors and marines to the frontline faster.

David Hook, Managing Director of Capita Defence Training, said: “We are proud of the strong start and progress we have made since taking over the running of the contract. We have met every milestone over the last 16 months, including now taking on responsibility for supporting the Nuclear Ship Control Trainer and Role Performance Trainer. This is testament to the strengths of the Team Fisher consortium and our very strong collaborative relationship with the Royal Navy.”

Stephen Hart, Head of Training Transformation Services at Raytheon UK, said: “Assuming management of the Nuclear Ship Control Trainer is another important milestone for Raytheon UK and our Team Fisher partners.  There can be no more important task for the people of the Royal Navy than the safe operation of nuclear systems, and we look forward to collaboratively working with the Royal Navy and our partners to help deliver essential training for the Vanguard-class submarine crew.”  



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