Navy Warfare Simulator at Southern University

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Naval students at Southern University now have a tool that can teach them how to maneuver through mine-filled waters or identify threatening vessels in the dark.

The Advocate reports ( ) the mariner skills simulator unveiled this week by Southern's Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit is one of six in the nation. It's a $90,000 gift from the Navy.

Lt. Erik Gardner runs Southern's simulator program. He can load maps depicting any part of the world into the program to give his students a realistic, three-dimensional look at any waterway they may find themselves navigating.

The simulator can mimic situations such as high winds and rough seas as midshipmen learn how to operate using radar or sonar to meet a variety of threats.

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