In the bridge of a destroyer, Captain Hoang Van Tien gazed at the digital display while holding a phone to listen to reports from units of navigation, surface warfare, gun fire and missile and machinery before commanding to open fire.
11 missiles left the launching pad to head towards the targets.
It is part a situation that naval officials of the Vietnam Naval Academy have been training with high-tech warship simulator named 1241.8 to become capable of carrying out the duties before heading out to sea.
The 1241.8 simulates a state-of-the-art heavy-class destroyer equipped with missiles UranE and powerful raiding capabilities to attack surface and airborne targets.
The simulator replicates the full range of maritime combatant operations likely to be experienced while on the bridge of a warship and can be reconfigured to match most classes of ship in the current fleet. Other functionality includes boat operations, interdiction and docking and beaching evolutions.
Firepower to attack
On the training day, naval officers were supposed a plan that a group of hostile surface warships were invading Vietnamese sovereignty and provoking at the co-ordinate X. The 1241.8 was commanded to head out to confront.
The crew were young officials in the age of 22-24 years of the class TP14 of the academy. They are assigned in different tasks for bridge team, navigation, combat information, gun power and missile, radar, and engine.
Right after the command of the captain Tien, chief pilot Phan Ba Khanh sped up towards the open sea at speed of 38 nautical miles an hour.
Staff of other units as navigation, combat information, missile, radar, and engine repeatedly report their status and happenings.
With the graphics system, crew on-board can feel different environmental conditions from a clear day through to a raging storm, detailed landscape and seascape features. On the day, rough seas challenged the 500 ton battleship for half an hour before radar information staff Luu Vinh Hai reported to the captain his detection of two targets.
“One target at distance of 35km at 31 degree and moving speed of 6.2m a second. The other 37km away at 38 degree and moving speed of 6.2m a second.”
Captain Tien ordered the weaponry unit to prepare calculations for most effective combat plan.
In the missile unit room, officials Bui Ngoc Toan and Phung The Lat focused on the monitor and repeatedly reported their plans to the captain.
Minutes later, the skipper ordered to open fire with missiles. 11 out of 16 missiles left the launching pad and headed towards the targets. The 1241.8 destroyer completed its tasks and returned to its base.
The destroyer 1241.8 is actually a concrete building located in the Vietnam Naval Academy. It uses computerized virtual reality software to simulate a working warship, complete with a wide view through the bridge windows.
It comprises a series of rooms linked together in the same way as onboard, creating a realistic environment for the sailors to practise and hone their skills.
Each is laid out to represent a warship’s function rooms as platform management system, control center, as well as rooms for the main machinery and high and low voltage switchboards, and radar, gunfire and missile, navigation, engine and damage. All is integral to maintaining the ship’s functions.
The cruise control room offers very realistic experience of a combatant ship. Ones can see the journey of the ship and feel high waves degrees as if they are maneuvering a warship in the open seas.
“With the modern simulator, we officials have great chance to get experienced with real situations on a combat ship, master technical and management procedures aboard, and operate kinds of weapons,” said Bui Sy Luong – a learner of the course.
Other officer Luu Vinh Hai agreed that, “the regular training with the simulator helps me learn by heart maneuvers, operations and combat situations.”
Colonel Luong Manh Cuong, deputy chief political commissar of the academy, said, “Now, the academy is installing one more simulator for Gepard 3.9 class warship and is planned to start operation next year.
“This facility is at the cutting edge of simulator technology and provides seamen with very realistic training so they will be capable of carrying out their duties before heading out to sea.”