Experts fathom out sub training

Training: HMS Astute, the first of the Astute class submarines
Training: HMS Astute, the first of the Astute class submarines
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E-learning experts from Sheffield have played a key role in training sailors who will crew the Royal Navy’s latest line of submarines.

Leading European learning and communications group LINE’s Sheffield office was called in by top military and maritime training VT Flagship to create a training management and information system for crews of the new Astute Class submarines in Faslane, Scotland.

LINE’s consulting and technical teams worked for nine months developing, testing and gaining Royal Navy approval for the system, which integrates all major functions of VT’s training facility.

LINE has since been completing the handover of the project and will continue to support it through the LINE Support Team in Sheffield.

LINE Communications director of defence learning, Keith Downes, said: “LINE has a constant commitment to help our clients become more efficient and competitive by delivering transformational learning solutions.

“We were proud to be the chosen provider for this innovative system and believe that now it is operational, it will become a benchmark for Training Management Information Systems in this sector.”

The Navy isn’t the only part of the military that has made use of LINE’s expertise. The Vicar Lane company was honoured by the Army in November for creating an iPad ‘app’ that is being used to train soldiers to coordinate weapons fire on enemy positions.

The app has been hailed by soldiers as being more fun than being stuck in a classroom, listening to a presentation.

LINE was presented with a polished and engraved 105mm light gun shell by the Royal School of Artillery to mark the success, described by Major Rich Gill as really raising the bar for the Army by being an innovative solution and one that made the best use of technology in an appropriate way to improve training and realise specific effects.

LINE also won a prestigious international award for an interactive cultural awareness training programme, developed in Sheffield, to help British soldiers avoid potentially catastrophic misunderstandings with local people in Iraq.

The highly interactive, scenario-based e-learning programme and accompanying materials for face to face training have been used by tens of thousands of service people from a range of countries, including the USA and Denmark.