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Center for Security Forces announced the upcoming release of four additions to its weapons safety training series on Navy E-Learning this April.
Debuting are Web-based lessons for the crew-served weapons (CSW) M2HB 50 caliber machine gun, M240 and MK44 7.62 millimeter medium machine gun, and the MK19 Mod III 40 millimeter grenade machine gun. Topics include safety, disassembly, cleaning, inspecting, reassembly, cycle of operation, and firing procedures.
The term "crew-served" is a classification like "small arms," and is used to identify weapons requiring more than one person to operate efficiently, which is largely due to the size of the weapon and/or its intricacy of operation.
"Each of these new CSW courses will provide the same unwavering quality of training as their small arms predecessors, but with enhanced graphics and animations that detail all aspects of the weapon," said Roy Wilde, CENSECFOR learning standards officer.
CENSECFOR worked alongside the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) � Crane Division perfecting the scope and depth of these products.
The focus of NSWC Crane is to harness the power of technology for the warfighter by specializing in full life cycle support in three mission areas: special missions, strategic missions, and electronic warfare/information operations.
"It was our goal from the start to maximize the learning effectiveness of these products for all users regardless of their level of practical weapons handling experience," said CENSECFOR Commanding Officer Capt. Peter Jefferson.
In addition to providing the fleet with easily accessible Web-based sustainment training tools for CSW, these courses will also become prerequisites for students scheduled to attend formal CSW training at CENSECFOR.
"This will provide students the same basic prerequisite knowledge and understanding of Navy CSW operation and maintenance prior to attending formal training," said Leon Bundy, crew-served weapons functional team leader at CENSECFOR. "Doing so enables CSW instructors to take maximum advantage of time both in the classroom and on the range."
In addition to the new CSW products, CENSECFOR's longstanding Small Arms training series were also upgraded and revised to parallel modern technology and learning standards. These include the M9 and M11 service pistols, M14 and M16 service rifles, M500 service shotgun, and the AY04 unambiguous warning device.
From 2001 through 2006, the Navy experienced a 67 percent decline in the number of negligent discharges involving small arms. This vast improvement was attributed in part to small arms weapons training being made available on Navy E-learning back in 2005.
By late 2006, CENSECFOR had reported 200,000 Sailors had already completed small arms training on Navy E-Learning.