Enhancing Bridge and CIC Leadershipbridge resource management. Having had the privilege of sailing in more than 20 U.S. ships working with very fine captains and their crews, I have observed a number of complex operations and learned lessons that could be of use to others.
Know the Key Watch Standers
Who do you have on the bridge? Do they have the requisite skills to be there and in the combat information center (CIC)? How many new, unevaluated personnel are in key watch positions? These are some of the questions that must be asked to fully understand your ship’s situation at any given time. You should be aware of any cultural differences that prevent the conning officer from communicating effectively with the harbor pilot. Is a key watch stander having a bad day or distracted? When returning from one deployment, the commanding officer ensured that our German exchange officer was the conning officer going pierside in the United States, because he had no family members waiting for him.