Navy Plans to Open Virtual Training Facility in 2019

The U.S. Navy plans to inaugurate a new virtual training facility that would be open to industry, the government and the academe, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The facility, consisting of 14 workstations, would begin operations in January 2019 at the Orlando-based Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division.

Kent Gritton, director of the joint training integration and evaluation center, said Thursday at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference that the Navy intends to widen the facility's accessibility in April. He added that the facility will also contain space for the U.S. Army to develop a new synthetic combat training environment.

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