The Ultimate Startup: Commissioning a U.S. Navy Warship
By Captain Fred W. Kacher and Commander Brandon Bryan, U.S. Navye to create a command and organization from the ground up that will serve our nation for decades. The command culture that is built even before the hull is launched can impact the ship for her entire service life. Getting that right is one of the greatest challenges (and rewards) of commissioning a ship. There are other highlights a first crew will experience as well:
Great training. Melding a disparate group of sailors into a cohesive team that can skillfully man and operate a ship from their first sea detail requires significant training, and the Navy has invested extensively in this process. A ship’s first crew will receive specialized—and unrivaled—combat, engineering, communications, engineering, and shiphandling lessons.