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ATG Pacific Northwest Enhances Anti-Terrorism Readiness With FATS

By | Afloat Training Group Pacific | August 01, 2017

Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest (ATGPNW) Anti-terrorism (AT) Training Team is conducting annual small arms sustainment training utilizing a Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS) April 25, 2017 through April 27, 2017. Small arms and crew-served weapon qualification is an essential skill set for ships' anti-terrorism force protection. Acquiring these qualifications require repetitive training by the crew. ATGPNW Anti-terrorism Department utilizes FATS providing a low cost, safe alternative towards the sustainment of live fire qualification. FATS also allows leaders to train beyond specific marksmanship standards and continue improvement for all skill levels.

ATGPNW Anti-Terrorism Department conducts training and assessment during ships' in-port periods in order to ensure standards for readiness. Semi-annual sustainment training includes marksmanship, safety and weapon familiarization training. ATGPNW small-arms instructors use a crawl, walk and run approach to training ensuring trainees receive the best training essential for ships’ anti-terrorism certification.

Anti-terrorism inspections also include assessment of ships' security force knowledge, armed sentry duties, shipboard security engagement with weapons, visit board search and seizure, force protection fundamentals, active shooter scenarios, non-lethal weapons, swimmer attack and high speed target intercept. Additionally, instructors observe and evaluate students’ performance to the same standard as all live-fire events to give an overall grade for the ship's anti-terrorism readiness.