Well, here’s a bit of potentially good news. Everyone is familiar with the Navy’s famous Top Gun fighter weapons school that used a dedicated opposing force to train pilots and an instrumented range to document training encounters and provide detailed debriefs and lessons. Now, it appears that the Navy is developing a Top Torpedo school for submarines and/or ASW forces (1). An instrumented undersea training range is being created off
and will contain 300 underwater acoustic sensors. Florida
ComNavOps has long called for more realistic training. Hopefully, this is a step towards that goal. Still needed is a dedicated opposing force and realistic threat surrogates.