A Step Forward in At-Sea Decision-Making
By Vice Admiral Emmanuel Descleves, French Navy
Our warships' operations are often hampered by bad weather. Without even considering storms, a single additional degree in roll or pitch can he a no-go in any aviation activity. We need to acknowledge that our basic seamanship is not enough to enable us to get the best out of ships and shiphorne aircraft, given the ships' structural limitations and the operating limits of the aircraft.
To support their decision-making, commanding officers at sea must be able to get additional, reliable data from sources other than their own feelings and at-sea experience. They can then make better-founded and safer decisions regarding ship-handling and operations management. This kind of system-called an expert system-already exists. At sea. it enhances the safety level and streamlines operation management.