If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a US Navy SEAL as they experience a high speed water extraction or escape from enemy territory, well now you can. The US Navy has announced the unveiling of a virtual reality (VR) combat training simulator that puts you right into the action.
The Navy will be rolling out two trucks with VR modules onboard that allow participants to pilot a high-speed assault craft or extract Navy SEALs from enemy territory. Firstly there’s a video briefing after which visitors then put on an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to drive the craft. Once finished, participants move to the debriefing station, where they get feedback and are graded on their performance.
The two units will begin their tour this month, heading to Sacramento Navy Week and San Francisco Fleet Week in California, and at University of Texas campuses in Edinburg and Brownsville, Texas, with Navy staff on hand to answer questions and help visitors navigate the site.
Once finished, participants move to the debriefing station, where they get feedback and are graded on their performance.
“We are excited to introduce today’s Navy experience to Texas,” says Navy Recruiting Command Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Doug “Woody” Beal. “We’ve spent significant time and resources developing this state-of-the-art virtual reality experience to transform and elevate the way people think about the Navy.”
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