Serco Defence congratulated the 38 Royal Australian Navy and 4 Royal New Zealand Navy Maritime Warfare Officers who graduated with their Bridge Warfare qualifications in a ceremony in December at HMAS Watson in Sydney.
Throughout two years of intensive training, the Junior Warfare Application Course (JWAC) transforms junior RAN officers into fully qualified Maritime Warfare Officers (MWO) who are able to manage conflict operations on Australia’s fleet of warships.
Since 2012, Serco Defence has partnered with Navy to deliver simulator training in Phase Four of the JWAC. During this phase, officers are taught complex navigation, bridge management and mariner skills. Using a bridge simulator, the specialist trainers assess officers’ actions and reactions in high-pressure emergency, tactical and warfare situations. The simulator enables total manipulation of maritime conditions at any time of the day or night, providing a realistic training environment.
Successful completion of the JWAC results in officers being awarded their Bridge Warfare Certificate. This qualification allows them to perform as Officer of the Watch on a Navy warship. In 2018, 77 Navy officers completed the JWAC.
Serco Defence Managing Director, Clint Thomas AM, CSC, said “An additional Full Mission Simulator will be operational next year to meet the Navy’s demands for more qualified MWOs across their expanding fleet.”