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NAVAL TRAINING DEVICE CENTER Orlando, Florida A Pictorial Profile Silver Anniversary 1946-1971

Special publication from the Public Affairs Office NTDC – Orlando, Florida, View Document.
 

Excerpt:  NTDC…..What It Is and What It Does
 

The Naval Training Device Center, which has been in existence since 1946, is responsible for the research, development, production, maintenance, and modification of air, sea, subsurface, land and space trainers applicable to all types of military situations. The Center provides equipment to improve the effectiveness of training, primarily in the Navy, but also in the other services and in other government agencies. The Army, by formal agreement with the Navy, has had a participating group as an element of the Center since 1950. The Center, which had been under the command of the Chief of Naval Research since 1946, transferred to the Chief of Naval Material in July 1968.

Located at Sands Point near Port Washington, Long Island, for 20 years, as well as at two additional locations on Long Island and at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the Center completed a three-stage move to Orlando, Florida, in July 1967. An authorized personnel strength of approximately 1100 persons, including 50 military, are assigned to the headquarters in Orlando and to four regional offices at Norfolk, Pensacola, San Diego, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The budget consisting of RDT&E, operations and maintenance, and procurement, totals approximately 83 million dollars.

The Center’s mission is to contribute to the operational readiness of the fleet by developing, procuring, and delivering training devices. Due to technological advances, fleet ASW weapon systems have become extremely sophisticated and complex. In order to make the best use of their equipment, fleet personnel must be thoroughly trained and skilled as a team in surface ship ASW attack tactics. As a result of several years’ work, the Center designed and produced Device 14A2, which provides for instruction in equipment operating procedures, develops personnel proficiency, and indoctrinates personnel in ASW tactical procedures as well as in the evaluation of tactical situations. Another multimillion dollar device, the Combat Information Center Tactics Trainer, Device 15F6, is used in training crews in tactical situations encountered by various ships such as ASW destroyers, cruisers, and guided missile destroyers. It can present to the trainers a total of 128 imaginary targets over a gameboard area of 127,000 square miles.

The Center is the only activity in government that is concerned exclusively with the unique field of simulation as applied to training equipment of various types. These devices vary in design and use from the very simple to the very complex, and from those intended for mass training to those intended for individual training. In addition to the fleet tactical trainers already mentioned, they include jet aircraft and submarine simulators, space environment and weapon system trainers, and innumerable radar, sonar, and electronic devices. This training equipment not only contributes to the combat readiness of the Armed Forces but also has proved cost effective in the modern world of complex military equipment and systems. 

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United States Naval Training Device Center

A true pioneer in the simulation field, the Center's almost 20 years of intensive specialization has resulted in the design, development and large-scale use of jet plane simulators, submarine simulators, space environment trainers (the Human Centrifuge, Human Disorientation Device, Rapid Decompression Chambers) missle trainers, fleet tactical trainers, Army and Air Force trainers, and innumerable radar, sonar, and electronic devices...
 

Excerpt from the Naval Training Device Center (NTDC) brochure detailing the research and development at the Center and opportunities for employment and small business in Central Florida.
 

The relocation of NTDC from Port Washington, NY to Orlando, FL brought highly specialized engineers, scientists, and human engineers, increasing the technological development of Central Florida with military training experts. The local economy benefited from small business contract work with NTDC and employment opportunities for UCF graduates in electronic engineering.


Naval Training Device Center Profile

"NAVAL TRAINING DEVICE CENTER Orlando, Florida A Pictorial Profile Silver Anniversary 1946-1971."

Published by the Public Affairs Office NTDC - Orlando, Florida.

Excerpt:  NTDC.....What It Is and What It Does

The Naval Training Device Center, which has been in existence since 1946, is responsible for the research, development, production, maintenance, and modification of air, sea, subsurface, land and space trainers applicable to all types of military situations. The Center provides equipment to improve the effectiveness of training, primarily in the Navy, but also in the other services and in other government agencies. The Army, by formal agreement with the Navy, has had a participating group as an element of the Center since 1950. The Center, which had been under the command of the Chief of Naval Research since 1946, transferred to the Chief of Naval Material in July 1968.

Located at Sands Point near Port Washington, Long Island, for 20 years, as well as at two additional locations on Long Island and at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the Center completed a three-stage move to Orlando, Florida, in July 1967. An authorized personnel strength of approximately 1100 persons, including 50 military, are assigned to the headquarters in Orlando and to four regional offices at Norfolk, Pensacola, San Diego, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The budget consisting of RDT&E, operations and maintenance, and procurement, totals approximately 83 million dollars.

The Center's mission is to contribute to the operational readiness of the fleet by developing, procuring, and delivering training devices. Due to technological advances, fleet ASW weapon systems have become extremely sophisticated and complex. In order to make the best use of their equipment, fleet personnel must be thoroughly trained and skilled as a team in surface ship ASW attack tactics. As a result of several years' work, the Center designed and produced Device 14A2, which provides for instruction in equipment operating procedures, develops personnel proficiency, and indoctrinates personnel in ASW tactical procedures as well as in the evaluation of tactical situations. Another multimillion dollar device, the Combat Information Center Tactics Trainer, Device 15F6, is used in training crews in tactical situations encountered by various ships such as ASW destroyers, cruisers, and guided missile destroyers. It can present to the trainers a total of 128 imaginary targets over a gameboard area of 127,000 square miles.

The Center is the only activity in government that is concerned exclusively with the unique field of simulation as applied to training equipment of various types. These devices vary in design and use from the very simple to the very complex, and from those intended for mass training to those intended for individual training. In addition to the fleet tactical trainers already mentioned, they include jet aircraft and submarine simulators, space environment and weapon system trainers, and innumerable radar, sonar, and electronic devices. This training equipment not only contributes to the combat readiness of the Armed Forces but also has proved cost effective in the modern world of complex military equipment and systems. 
 


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