EVERETT, Wash. – 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.