Handling a Cyclone
By Lieutenant Commander David S. Coles, U.S. Navy
Surface Warfare Officer Command School (SWOS) offers superb simulators and instruction to prepare prospective commanding officers. The instructors at SWOS, who come predominantly from a Merchant Marine background, offer great insight into how to handle coastal patrol-like vessels such as large tugs and yachts. However, simulators are just that—and only the commanding officers have the opportunity to take advantage of these assets before reporting. This article attempts to fill that gap.