How to Handle the Freedom: Part II
By Commander Dale Heinken, Captain Robert Butt (Retired), and Lieutenant George Kunthara, U.S. Navy
It is well known that shiphandling is a blend of art and science. The art is developed through experience, and it is the ability to intuitively take the right action when facing a multitude of dynamic factors. The science
explains what happens to the ship as the result of a controllable or uncontrollable force. Once you understand the science, the art of shiphandling will naturally develop in time.
Part I of this article was a synopsis of the littoral combat ship’s (LCS) handling attributes. In Part II, we will discuss how to get a ship under way from a pier, specifically taking advantage of the LCS’s inherent ability to “walk” sideways. Two methods of “walking” have gained dominance: matched combinators or single combinator.