Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, today supported the launch of a top new maritime training system.
At the event at HMS Collingwood, Caroline joined notables from across the Royal Navy to mark the opening of the Maritime Composite Training System.
The Maritime Composite Training System will initially be used to train crews for Type 45 and Type 42 Destroyers, as well as Type 23 frigates, with the potential to be used to simulate the systems on upcoming assault ships and carriers in future. Installed at the site in Fareham, the system is expected to train around 1,000 personnel a year.
“The MCTS represents a major investment in top-quality training, which will allow our Navy to meet the challenges of the future. I’m delighted that it has been installed at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, in recognition of the unique role our area plays in supporting the Navy”.
Peter Luff, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, added:
"This new £108 million training system represents a ground-breaking move for the Royal Navy that will enhance its training capability for the future. It will enable personnel to train to the highest standard, utilising the latest technological developments.
"With this system, the UK's sailors will be some of the best prepared in the world, ready to take on the challenges of the future."