Air traffic control simulator unveiled

Posted at 9:08 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 00:08:36-04

New technology could help keep our marines and sailors safer during deployment.

It is an embedded trainer in the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center on board the USS Carl Vinson. It is the first simulator of its kind on board a carrier.

A team of about 35 sailors coordinates air traffic on and off the ship, which is often the most dangerous part of the mission.

They coordinate aircraft coming in one minute apart in enemy territory with a mobile runway.

They are able to immerse themselves with carrier-specific flight operations while in port or at sea.

The Carl Vinson was one of the first to join the fight against ISIS. They blasted the terror group with half a million pounds of ordnance and flew nearly 2,800 combat missions.

They are gearing up to go out again this winter, and feel even more prepared.