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hanges have been identified
for the train function of New
generation Navy’s (NgN)
raise, train and sustain
philosophy – ensuring the
right people, with the right
skills, are developed at the
right time to do their job at sea.
The inaugural Commodore Training is
Commodore (CDRE) Daryl Bates, and his prime focus
is now on exploiting the synergies, effectiveness
and benefits of positioning all Navy Training
resources and systems under the one Command.
“Much of Navy’s approach to this New
Generation Training philosophy hinges on better
linking shore and at sea-training under one
seamless continuum,” CDRE Bates said.
“In the past, where separate Commands in
Navy were responsible for different parts of the
various training continuums, difficulties sometimes
arose in achieving a totally coordinated and
synchronised training effort.”
Whilst the Navy’s five training authorities remain
largely unchanged structurally under NGN, there
has been much change in developing supporting
organisations to better deliver the New Generation
Training outcomes. Included in here are the Director of
Navy Training Policy (DNTP) and the Director of Navy
Training Activities (DNTA), both at the Captain level.
“DNTP will be responsible for all training policy,
governance, simulation, flexible learning, development,
projects and accreditation,” CDRE Bates said.
“DNTA will be the link between shore and at
sea-training and, with the Sea Training Group (STG)
and Commanders of both individual and collective
training, will ensure that the training product
delivered at sea meets the ultimate capability needs.”
This new way of linking all training together
with all assets available, will allow Navy to better
position itself for the future. So what are Navy
training authorities doing to deliver what is needed
now and in the future?
Training Authority Logistics (TA-LOg)
Responsible for the individual training
of officers and sailors in a broad variety of
specialisations, TA-LOG is working on getting people
into the Fleet sooner. The three major schools at
TA-LOG are embracing blended learning methods
to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of
their training programs. Electronics training now
incorporates the use of a computer-based learning
package to enable flexible delivery of initial technical
training, and the Marine Technician training regime
is currently undergoing a significant re-structure
under the Marine Technician (MT) 2010 Project.
Training Authority Maritime
The team at TA-MW are busy working on a review
of warfare training structures to better align training for
the future needs that will arise with the introduction
of the Air Warfare Destroyer, Landing Helicopter Dock
(LHD) ships, and the Aegis radar system. This will be
a significant task for the TA-MW team as they are
responsible for more than 150,000 training days per
year and deliver training in New South Wales, Western
Australia, Victoria and Canberra.
In support of NGN, TA-MW has already
initiated a review of many aspects of how they do
business, including the Combat System Operator
course. They have also committed to Project
Phoenix to investigate how best to stream Sonar
and Technical Data Link specialists within the
Electronic Warfare category.
Training Authority Aviation (TA-AvN)
Responsible for all aviation-related training in
the Navy, TA-AVN's responsibilities include training
at the Naval Aviation Training Centre, HMAS
Albatross and the management of all Navy aviation
training conducted externally throughout the ADF.
Training sections include Flight Deck Training
and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
to Fleet units, all post initial employment training for
the Aviation Technician category including Advanced
Technical Training and the Seahawk, Squirrel and
Sea King helicopter equipment application courses.
Systems such as the Seahawk Simulated Aircraft
Maintenance Trainer and the Printed Circuit Card
Repair Laboratory greatly enhance TA-AVN’s ability
to provide training that is state of art.
Training Authority Initial Training,
Leadership and Management (TA-ITLM).
Taking care of Navy’s initial entry and
leadership training, TA-ITLM is located at both
HMAS Creswell and HMAS Cerberus. But they also
deliver some training and education via distance
means, as well as provide flexible delivery through
the use of mobile training teams.
TA-ITLM has responsibility for the conduct
of through career Leadership, Management and
Personal Development (LMPD) training for both
sailors and officers.
Initial entry training on first joining the Navy is
undertaken at the Recruit School (HMAS Cerberus)
for sailors, and at the Royal Australian Naval
College (RANC) (HMAS Creswell) for officers.
Advanced LMPD training courses are conducted at
the Sailors’ Leadership and Management Faculty
(at both Fleet Bases East and West) and at the
Management and Strategic Studies Faculty (RANC).
Training Authority submarines (TA-sM)
The fifth and final training authority, TA-SM,
is responsible to Commodore Training for the
management of all submarine training in support of
a skilled and sustainable workforce for the Collins
At the working level, TA-SM’s primary
customers are the Submarine Force (SMFOR), and
the submarines. Other customers include the Fleet
Command (FC) for Command Team Training and the
Submarine Escape and Rescue Centre (SERC) for
training quality assurance.
“Navy also operates as a team, where
collective training is the end state to achieving
capability,” CDRE Bates said.
“Bringing trained individuals together
into working teams is the responsibility of the
Australian Fleet Sea Training Group (STG).”
CDRE Bates said that while commanding
officers of ships are ultimately responsible for the
effective operation of their team, the STG provides
the additional oversight and best practice to
prepare Navy’s people for everyday activities and
“By way of analogy, where the ship’s company
is the footy team, STG are the skills coaches,
umpires and strappers that help bring the team to
their best performance,” CDRE Bates said.
“The Sea Trainers themselves are at the top of
their trade as practical and experienced operators.
Although based ashore in Western Australia, Cairns
and Sydney, the STG spend most of the year at sea
in major ships, submarines and minor vessels.
“They live alongside the ship’s team and
coach them through different training activities,
ranging from safety work-up weeks through to full
mission rehearsals and assessments.”
trAInInG For A
new GenerAtIon oF nAVY
LefT: cryptological systems submariners
(cTssM) training in HMAs Collins' submarine
electronic Warfare Office. from left: Able seaman
cryptological systems submariner Allan garty,
seaman cryptological systems submariner fiona
Kellaway and Leading seaman cryptological
systems submariner Tracey small.
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This bringing trained individuals together into
working teams is the responsibility of the
Australian Fleet Sea Training Group (STG).
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