Within DTCL, the Joint Exercise Control Center is a reconfigurable environment with a battery of large-screen overhead monitors, rows of computers and the familiar gray raised access flooring that typically hides hundreds of miles of fiber optic and electrical wires and network cables.
During large exercises, we fill every seat in this room," said Robert George, deputy director for the DTCL.
The need for getting DTCL online was so compelling that George, Cmdr.
The DTCL works hard to ensure training and equipment duplicate exactly what crews will encounter on deployment.
The next to train at the DTCL are the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Strike Groups.
According to the DTCL, synthetic training is so valuable, especially in joint and coalition operations, that ships must go through it at least once before deployment.
Because Navy ships do not all have the same technology configuration, the DTCL has technical experts who ensure the software suites used during synthetic training are the same technologies crews will use on deployment.
MD of DTCL, William Thomas said: "We are very excited and pleased about the acquisition as it will bring additional skills, expertise and resources to enable DTCL to continue growing and innovating in the custom contact lens field.
Menicon president, Dr Hiderani Tanaka, said: "We have watched David Thomas Contact Lenses evolve into a leading specialty lens manufacturer in the UK and we see great potential to work together with DTCL to grow Menicon's business in this very important market.
DTCL was founded by David Thomas and has been making contact lenses since 1972.
Pictured is Menicon's senior executive officer, Toshio Matsushima, right, and the general manager, global strategy and operations, Jonathan Jacobson, left, welcoming DTCL MD William Thomas, centre, into the Menicon group of companies.