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    Naval Quartermasters and M.M.Officers
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2004 Feb 2, 12:30 -0800

    Do you know if U.S. Naval personnel who navigate or pilot naval ships are
    also qualified by the Coast Guard for those duties or does the navy issue
    its' own lisences for its' personnel?
    As for your comments about the enlisted navigators going head to head with
    merchant officers in a competition,no thanks pal!
    As you state navigation is a quartermasters main duty and you get more daily
    practice at it.From experiance I'll tell you that usually only 1 sight is
    logged(per the master,not regulations)on a merchy vessel per day when
    practical.Dr pos,gps pos,radar ranges and soundings etc. are logged far,far
    more times each watch on a merchy vessel.On a merchy there is usually the
    O.O.D.(3rd to 1st officer),helmsman(ABS)and 2 look outs(ABS)per nav. watch
    period on duty.When not on duty the rated personnel can rest or work o.t.The
    officers have crew training and vessel maintenance schedules/duties to
    complete,paperwork(transit and port)to complete etc. while not on duty.
    A case in point : I hold an unlimited tonnage 2nd officers ticket.I'm in
    charge of each nav. watch and the safe passage of the vessel.That is my
    primary responsability.But I have many other responsabilities layed out by
    the master that run in parrallel with this main responsability.While
    standing a nav. watch not only is it my responsibility to insure safe
    passage but to take care of other matters that arise concerning the vessel
    as the other crew members are  busy or resting.
    I might not get to take as many sights as I would like or practice everday
    but the bottom line is I must be doing something right because I've never
    had an "incident".
    We also don't usually travel in groups of vessels as you folks in the navy
    do.Therefore we don't have to manuoveur as closely and  synchronise our
    movements as you do for long periods.
    Just my thoughts on the subject.

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