From Director, Surface Warfare (N96)
“Being ready for naval operations consists not so much in the building of ships and guns as it does in the possession of trained Sailors.” – Alfred Thayer Mahan
In the Navy, training our Sailors is critical because lives are on the line. Today, thanks to the Navy’s investment in modern tools and new ways of teaching, Navy training is the best it’s ever been. The Surface community calls this investment, STAVE.
The ‘Surface Training Advanced Virtual Environment’ brings state-of-the-art virtual tools from the classroom to the deckplate for destroyers, cruisers and amphibious ships.
STAVE initial capabilities have been delivered to Norfolk, Great Lakes and San Diego across 31 courses with plans to expand STAVE to hundreds more courses in all fleet concentration areas over the next several years.
One example of the Navy’s STAVE investment is in engineering training, and it’s already producing results.
PO1 Brian L. Muldrew: It’s more cost efficient, less mishaps, fewer parts being broken, less manpower actually because no rework is being done because it’s being done right the first time.
CPO Jennifer A. Ohiomoba: One part can make a difference in whether an engine turns or burns. If you train people the right way the first time, you prevent casualties from happening down the road and you save that million-dollar engine. It’s that simple.
PO1 Jorge W. Saltosintriago: Being well-trained, it gives me that confidence. Once I get it, I got that confidence. That’s that confidence I’m going to take on board my ship.
CPO Ohiomoba: When a student comes in here and they have confidence. Then they’re going to be able to learn better. They can do their job the right way. They can teach people. They can mentor people and I’m increasing combat readiness.
The strength of STAVE is that is doesn’t rely on just one method of teaching. Instead, it blends traditional classroom learning with highly detailed 3D virtual tools and instructor-led labs where students can really get their hands dirty.
PO1 Muldrew: One student learns by listening, the other learns by touching, the other one can read a book and tell you everything about that piece of equipment. Because of this technology that we’re using now, I can reach everyone in the classroom.
PO1 Saltosintriago: I can read the book over and over and I will not learn that way. What we do here is more hands-on.
PO2 Janell N. Evans: It’s so much easier for me to soak it all in and carry it on to the ship and get the job done.
PO1 Kyle D. Dorrman: The interaction that you have with the instructor teaching and the 3D models all combined down in the lab with actual hands on experience, is just, in my opinion, the best way to get students to absorb the information and then keep that and retain it out in the fleet.
The use of multiple training methods dramatically improves retention rates. STAVE accelerates learning and improves student performance; and the STAVE approach supports both CNO High Velocity Learning and Ready Relevant Learning intent; and it’s generating a lot of excitement for both teachers and students.
PO1 Muldrew: Pretty much anything that you can do on a ship, we can simulate here in this classroom.
PO2 Evans: We’re able to practice, practice, practice, practice, and we all know practice makes perfect.
PO1 Dorrman: Practice makes perfect. Practice makes permanent, too. I can join in the crew and not be that step behind everybody else.
CPO Ohiomoba: You want them to be involved. You want them to want to learn. And when they learn, they teach other people. They’re excited because it was a good experience and they remembered what they learned.
STAVE results are undeniable – faster learning, improved retention and fewer mistakes. And the future will be even better. Full connectivity will allow technicians to train whenever and wherever they are, and bring their virtual tools right to the job site to improve their procedural compliance.
PO1 Saltosintriago: It’s as real as you can get to a ship without it being a ship.
CPO Ohiomoba: They get hands on experience and they get to feel it and they get to smell it. They’re able to make mistakes. They’re able to break things and then you get to watch them build up slowly and you see the confidence and you see it rise. I know when they go to a ship I know that ship is going to be in good hands.
STAVE is an exciting new way to learn, and in addition to engineering training, it’s being used and improved across multiple mission areas.
The STAVE learning system trains Sailors better, and faster, than anything that’s come before, and it’s preparing the next generation of Sailors for the challenges of the future.