As a naval aviator wrapping up my disassociated sea tour on board the USS Wasp (LHD-1), I was able to observe the world of the surface warfare officer (SWO) community—a view usually unseen by aviators on a ship. I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to learn the basics of shiphandling and navigation, and eventually earned officer-of-the-deck (OOD) qualification. As a result I have a great appreciation for the skill and knowledge required of an effective OOD, especially during more challenging evolutions such as entering a foreign port or conducting a replenishment at sea.
SWOs Need A "Flight School"
Lieutenant Commander Tyler McKnight, U.S. Navy