Team Fisher, the Capita-led consortium including Raytheon UK, Elbit Systems UK, Fujitsu, the University of Lincoln and several smaller British suppliers, has assumed responsibility for engineering and maintenance support for a range of 34 Royal Navy training systems and simulators.
The systems previously fell under the contract formally known as Maritime Training Systems Through-Life Availability and Support Service (MARTASS).
Some of the more familiar training simulators include Bridge Navigation Trainers, Damage Repair Instruction Units (DRIU), and Fighter Controller and Helicopter Controller Simulators. These systems are located across nine UK Royal Navy and defense establishments, including naval bases and air stations in the south-west and the greater Portsmouth area.
This will represent the end of the MARTASS contract and will see all the related activities become part of Team Fisher’s wider training equipment support services, which it has been running since commencing service delivery in April 2021. This transfer also includes some personnel who will move into both Capita and Raytheon.
Raytheon will be responsible for the delivery of engineering support, routine maintenance, as well as the modernization and upgrade of legacy equipment. The engineering and maintenance team will join the existing Training Equipment Project Management Team, operated by Raytheon as part of Project Selborne. This existing team currently provides support to training equipment at Training Establishments and Naval Bases across the UK.
Colleagues transferring to Capita will deliver Role Player and Desk Driver services for fighter and helicopter control simulators at RNAS Yeovilton, alongside providing first line maintenance support for these same simulators.
As part of the transition, the existing Team Fisher Service Desk run by Fujitsu services will be extended to respond to requests for maintenance and support for all training equipment, including the 34 systems moving across, and acting as a single point of contact for managing the fault resolution process.
Team Fisher’s approach is making learning more personalized for Service personnel, which aligns with the Royal Navy’s wider transformation agenda to make training more flexible and efficient, and to minimize time spent away from the front line.
Colonel Aaron Fisher, Commandant Training Management Group said: “It has been excellent to see our strategic partner, Team Fisher, achieve another important project milestone. The collaborative approach underpins our commitment to truly modernize Royal Navy training and deliver better trained sailors and marines to the frontline faster.”
David Hook, Managing Director of Capita Defence Training, said: “We are proud of the strong start and progress we have made since taking over the running of the contract in April 2021. We have met every milestone since the start of the program, including this most recent addition of responsibility for supporting the latest engineering and maintenance support for a range of 34 training systems and simulators. This is testament to the strengths of the Team Fisher consortium and our very strong collaborative relationship with the Royal Navy.”
Stephen Hart, Head of Training Transformation Services at Raytheon UK, said: “Training systems and simulators are a vital component of the training experience for the people of the Royal Navy. Raytheon UK is delighted to be taking on responsibility for the engineering and maintenance of a range of Royal Navy simulators. Our maintenance experience and expertise, alongside the capabilities of our Team Fisher partners, will ensure that the people of the Royal Navy continue to get the realistic and engaging training they need to prepare for the demanding and vital roles they do at home and at sea.”
Team Fisher is combining a range of sophisticated technologies, processes and training management systems to fulfil the 12-year Royal Navy shore-based training contract. It is:
- Reviewing and modernizing all training courses and providing accompanying analytics to ensure training methods best meet the Royal Navy’s needs.
- Running live on-the-ground training, and developing and deploying new methods, including digital learning and training simulation technology.
- Managing all the associated Royal Navy training equipment including procurement and decommissioning.
- Providing data through performance dashboards for Royal Navy management and managing IT infrastructure.
- Improving accreditation and apprenticeship management and running Royal Navy learning and development hubs and career advice services.
- Marketing Royal Navy courses to the wider international defense market and identifying further revenue opportunities for the service.
- Delivering a truly collaborative approach with the Royal Navy.