A commanding officer sits quietly in his stateroom. After four underway weeks full of activity, he has finally found a moment to enjoy a cup of coffee. The crew has accomplished a great deal in a short time. They have retested much of the equipment that was repaired or replaced during the last maintenance period, certified the ship for using electronic navigation, exercised with fire and flooding drills, even made good progress auditing the propulsion-plant records in anticipation of a rapidly approaching inspection.
As he reflects on the past weeks and what is still left to do, his executive officer enters carrying so many three-ring binders he has trouble balancing them. “Captain, I just finished reviewing these, and I figured I would bring them over to you before I finished with the rest.”
“What are they, XO?”
“Weight-testing records, the communications security material tracking binder, auxiliary division material history records, the quarterly battery report, classified material transfer log, navigation division training records, and the results of the menu review board.”