Shiphandling is fun, exciting, and challenging. It is the heart of surface warfare and our naval culture. The sense of accomplishment gained from driving ships and smartly executing maneuvers is a positive motivator among junior officers. Because it is both art and science, the skills involved in shiphandling can be learned, refined, and rehearsed.
In recent years, the Navy has made significant improvements in shiphandling training. Maritime Safety International (MSI) training for prospective department heads, executive officers, and commanding officers is outstanding. (MSI simulators are available in Newport, Rhode Island, and Norfolk, Virginia, and San Diego, California.) Recent enhancements to shiphandling training include the bridge resource management training offered through MSI and interactive lessons on CD-ROMs from the Naval Safety Center. Throughout the fleet, the Navy is leveraging simulation technology aggressively to improve the quality and quantity of shiphandling training.