Full Mission Bridge Simulator (FMBS)

Senior Bridge Management “C” school trains in advanced cutter navigation, electronic chart systems, and paper chart plotting, as well as target tracking (ARPA and Maneuvering boards). The FMBS simulates typical cutter navigation systems, including Sperry Bridge Master radars,  APS-73 radars (both have AIS), CG ECDIS, and DSC and VHF radios for communications. The FMBS also features virtual alidades and virtual binoculars, which enable precision electronic navigation training, as well as legacy paper chart navigation. Training harbors include over 50 worldwide locations.





Full Mission Bridge Equipment

The instructors control traffic ships, weather, (sea state, storms, fog, lightning, sandstorms) and can induce various alarms and failures so crews can practice emergency procedures. With the FRC model, we can simulate the challenging stern launch and recovery operations with the OTH-IV small boat.


Available Coast Guard Ship Platforms:

  • 25’ Response Boat-Small (RBS)
  • 26’ Over the Horizon Pursuit/OTH-IV
  • 33’ Special Law Enforcement/Pursuit
  • 47’ Motor Lifeboat (self-righting)
  • 65’ Law Enforcement boat
  • 87’ Marine Protector boat
  • 110’ Island Class Cutter
  • 154’ Fast Response Cutter
  • 270’ Medium Endurance Cutter
  • 378’ High Endurance Cutter
  • 418’ National Security Cutter

 Available Commercial Platforms: 

  • Large Container vessels
  • Bulk Carrier vessels
  • Large Tankers (Oil and LNG)
  • Cruise Ships
  • Tugboats

The FMBS is also utilized by BM"A" School for NAVRULS and SAR OPS training.

For more information or to tour the facility, please contact the Simulator Manager:
Mr. Ken Carr
(757) 856-3500, ext-3900