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IT2EC 2022: RN training lacks 'necessary level of complexity' but fosters lofty virtual ambitions

27th April 2022 - 14:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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F-35B fighter jets on the deck of RN Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. (Photo: UK MoD/ Crown Copyright)

Despite lagging behind the RAF in programme terms, the RN is aspiring to bolster the amount of synthetic collective training it delivers under FOST.

The UK RN trails behind the RAF in its integration of virtual training but aspires to achieve a 50:50 split between live and synthetic environments for collective training by 2025, according to Cdre Andrew Stacey, head of Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST).

Speaking at the IT2EC event in London on 27 April, Stacey said the RN was around two years behind the RAF in programmatic terms, adding it has a stretch target to achieve a 25:75 split between live and synthetic collective training by 2030.

FOST is the RN's operational training delivery organisation for all ships and submarines.

Stacey also announced that the

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