Royal New Zealand Navy personnel recently underwent technical and service training on Inmarsat Satellite Communication Equipment and Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS) from Furuno.
Under the technical guidance of ENL, 13 Royal New Zealand Navy personnel attended the two day training course for the Satellite Communications while 19 undertook the GMDSS training which ran over three days.
ENL’s Service Manager, Phil Seyb structured the training course, while Alec D’Souza, an Electronics Engineer & Surveyor from ENL facilitated the programme for both operators and maintainers from the Navy bringing them up to speed on the equipment from Furuno and Inmarsat
To simulate real world scenarios, ENL had the ability to set up functional radio and satellite communication equipment identical to what will be used on the Navy vessels for the personnel to train on, enhancing the learning experience.
With much of the equipment installed throughout the Royal New Zealand Navy fleet, the Navy’s new Maritime Sustainment Capability vessel, HMNZS Aotearoa, which is currently in build at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea, will also be fitted with the technology.
Some of the Navy personnel who attended the training course will be deployed aboard Aotearoa when it is commissioned in early 2020.