The surface warfare community is suffering from an insufficient knowledge base in seamanship, shiphandling, and navigation. To move forward, the Navy needs to revamp its training regime. One way to do that is to align training with International Maritime Organization (IMO)/U.S. Coast Guard training and certifications for merchant mariners. Coast Guard/IMO–approved officer in charge of a navigational watch and management-level training would give surface warfare officers the fundamentals in navigation and seamanship they need to run a ship more effectively.
Surface Warfare Should Adopt Commercial Training Standards
By Lieutenant Commander Joseph Schwartzstein, U.S. Navy Reserve