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    CNETC Experiences Mixed, Virtual Reality Training at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

    MK 16 Underwater Breathing Apparatus Simulator Demonstration

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Clyde Laster | 210304-N-SC158-1606 PANAMA CITY, Fla. (March 4, 2021) Rear Adm. Pete Garvin,...... read more read more



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    Naval Education and Training Command

    From Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center Public Affairs

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, commander, Naval Education and Training Command, visited the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) March 4 to see how the command is using mixed and virtual realities to train Navy divers and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians on the MK 16 underwater breathing apparatus (UBA).

    The MK 16 UBA is a re-breathable underwater system used by the naval dive and EOD communities for bubble-free operations in water conditions with low visibility.

    In 2017, the Combatting Terrorism Technical Group, now the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate, started the development of the MK 16 UBA simulator, which utilizes the Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL)-like principle of leveraging training technology to instruct students to execute emergency procedures properly in a controlled, safe environment.

    “The Navy is employing the latest technology to train our newest Sailors preparing them for the fleet,” said Garvin, who walked through a scenario using the MK 16 UBA simulator. “This simulator will pay incredible dividends for the future development of our Sailors.”

    The simulator includes an intelligent tutor to monitor, store, and report student progress, provide remediation, and adjust training scenarios based on student performance. It also incorporates wearable motion sensors that enable trainees to swim using body motions – maximizing immersion and more realistically simulating cognitive load during emergency procedures.

    “The simulator provides our students the right training at the right time,” said Capt. Keith Dowling, commanding officer, Center for EOD and Diving (CEODD). “Student divers and EOD technicians can now practice emergency procedures through multiple virtual underwater scenarios before entering the unforgiving depths of their operational environments.”

    RRL, a pillar of the U.S. Navy's Sailor 2025 initiative, focuses on providing Sailors with the right training at the right time in the right way throughout their careers to enable faster learning and better knowledge retention.

    NDSTC, located at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida, is the largest diving facility in the world. NDSTC trains more than 1,200 students every year, including candidates for submarine SCUBA, U.S. Navy deep sea divers, Seabee underwater construction divers, joint service diving officers, EOD officers, diving medical technicians, diving medical officers, U.S. Army engineer divers, U.S. Marine Corps combatant divers, U.S. Coast Guard divers, and U.S. Air Force pararescue operators and combat controllers.

    For more information on RRL, visit

    For more information on NDSTC, visit



    Date Taken: 03.04.2021
    Date Posted: 03.08.2021 15:01
    Story ID: 390657
    Location: PANAMA CITY, FL, US 

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