The Navy of the future is already here. It only took one recent visit to a ship to drive the point home. As I walked along the pier, a second-class petty officer was busy handling lines. Drawing on my earlier experiences in the Navy, I quickly made the assumption this sailor was serving as a boatswain's mate in deck division. Later, as the ship was under way and the command master chief and I toured the ship, I encountered the same sailor on the bridge. Again, my assumption was that she was the boatswain"s mate of the watch. As I peered over the sailor's shoulder to examine the gauges and screens she was monitoring, I didn't recognize a single one as belonging on the bridge.