Having served in five cruisers, I like to imagine that, while not an artist by any means, I have developed a facility for handling these ships. Being a commanding officer (CO) certainly has compelled me to get much better at it than I was before. In an age when most first-- tour division officers are sent to different ship classes soon after they qualify as officers of the deck, and second-tour officers come from widely varied hulls, if a cruiser's skipper is not the expert, he is the closest thing to it. Given the force of necessity and the experience of watching some of my old-Navy COs do the job, I want to open for discussion some of the things I have learned about driving an Aegis cruiser.
Pump the Rudder