After doing their duty well beyond their projected service life, the Coast Guard’s venerable Island-class cutters prepare to pass the torch to a new Sentinel.
Relieving the bridge watch is a formal process deeply rooted in naval custom. Details vary, but certain steps are always present: Make a round through the ship to determine material condition, capabilities, and any limitations. Review logs from the previous watch to identify significant events. Ensure that orders and guidance to the watch are read and understood. Evaluate the navigation and tactical picture to identify present and future challenges.