PREMIUM: RN issues RfI for command and staff trainer

7th May 2020 - 10:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy


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The RN has issued an RfI for a Maritime Command and Staff Trainer (MCAST), with responses from industry due by 29 May 2020.

Issued by the Defence, Equipment & Support’s (DE&S) Ships, Maritime Combat Systems (MCS) Team at Abbey Wood in Bristol, this new collective training capability is initially aimed at training maritime battle staff for Carrier Strike Group deployments.

The RfI seeks broad responses from industry to include a ‘rough order costs for those services’ and the identification of ‘any constraints or dependencies upon the authority to deliver these systems and services’.

The RN document adds that ‘the length of the contract will be dependent upon the implementation of the wider Defence Operational Training Capability (Maritime) (DOTC(M))’ programme. This is at a very early stage and is unlikely to have any major impact on the adoption of an MCAST collective training solution.

Components highlighted by the RfI include a synthetic environment, exercise management and exercise design with industry providing personnel to conduct the exercises.

The RN is undergoing a period of considerable change in terms of its training as it tries to grapple with adopting new vessels, changing global threats and a reduction in manpower.

In addition to MCAST, the service is due to announce the winner of its £2 billion (US$2.45 billion) Project Selborne training transformation programme later in May, moving all of its submarine training to Faslane and maximising its newly opened Strategic Studies Centre in Portsmouth.

Along with projects such as NavyX – the Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator programme; Future Navy Vision – The Royal Navy Today, Tomorrow and Towards 2025 and its new Maritime Training Strategy document, the service has ...

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