An Examination of Options to Reduce Underway Training Days Through the Use of Simulation

An Examination of Options to Reduce Underway Training Days Through the Use of Simulation

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Constrained budgets and increasing costs have forced the U.S. Navy to search for ways to reduce the annual operating costs of the fleet. One expensive driver of those costs is underway training of surface combatant ship crews. Focusing on the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class of surface combatants, RAND examines whether and how increased use of simulators could be substituted for underway training without any decrease in readiness.