Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, officially opened the $90 million Navy Training Systems Center at Randwick Barracks, and said the purpose-built facility would revolutionise how Navy prepares Marine and Electronic Technicians for their roles in the Fleet.
“This next generation training facility will ensure Navy can fully utilize the extraordinary capabilities of both the Canberra class amphibious ships and the Hobart class destroyers,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
When fully operational, the center will be able to train up to 300 students at a time, using a combination of simulation and modern training systems.
Vice Admiral Barrett said the use of simulation and task specific training tools would reduce Navy’s need to conduct elements of training at sea, allowing more sea days for advanced group training and to support Government directed operations.
“Our new amphibious ships and destroyers will be serving Australia’s national interests for the next three decades, which is why this center will play a vital role underpinning the successful operation of these assets.
“I anticipate an expanded use of these types of facilities in the future, as they provide Navy with an essential capability at a lower total cost over the life of ships,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
Recognizing that Navy’s training needs will evolve the facility has been designed and constructed to be reconfigured for future training needs and additional platforms.
The building has also been constructed with minimal environmental impact, including energy self sufficiency through 100 rooftop photovoltaic panels.
The operation of the training facility makes the continuation of a long association between Navy and the Randwick community dating back almost half a century, including the former Naval Stores Depot and Endeavour House accommodation precinct.