Crew training has begun for the Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program.
Over the past three years, Luerssen Australia, in conjunction with the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), has designed a specific training program to prepare new OPV crews.
The training is a consolidation of instructor-led and self-paced student learning and provides a realistic environment via 3D simulation to prepare sailors and officers to use OPVs.
The training is designed to allow the crew to immerse themselves in a fully rendered 3D environment that will familiarize them with the various compartments, rooms and equipment before boarding the vessel for the first time in real life.
The training will be conducted at HMAS Stirling’s OPV Training Center on Garden Island and is expected to last around six months for each crew.
All crew members assigned to an OPV will complete the familiarization course, as well as a variety of operator and maintainer courses depending on their role.
Luerssen Australia’s dedicated training team will deliver the courses, many of whom are Navy veterans who bring years of experience.
“The start of OPV crew training is another key achievement in the delivery of the Arafura OPV program by Luerssen Australia,” said Jens Nielsen, Managing Director of Luerssen Australia.
“This training once again shows that Luerssen Australia is committed to providing the Navy with the capability it needs as soon as possible.
“The first OPV, NUSHIP Arafura, was launched in December last year, and we have four more vessels under construction in South Australia and Western Australia.”