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    Re: Naval Quartermasters and M.M.Officers
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Feb 2, 17:45 -0500

    I'm jealous!  But I guess at age 55 it's a bit late to be starting a
    naval career.
    On Feb 2, 2004, at 5:26 PM, Stacy Hanna wrote:
    > Doug,
    > Currently Naval personnel (or Coast Guard for that matter) are not
    > required to hold Coast Guard licenses. In fact very few people in the
    > Navy would qualify for a Coast Guard license that would enable them to
    > stand the same watches on a merchant ship. One of the main reasons for
    > this is because we do not meet STCW requirements. The Coast Guard is
    > currently reviewing Naval training to determine which of our courses
    > should count for equivalency to STCW approved training. For example the
    > Coast Guard has determined that Basic Training (boot camp) meets the
    > requirements for STCW basic safety, with the exception of exposure suit
    > training. Hopefully it won't be long before we can get credit for our
    > training and it will be common for Naval personnel to be
    > licensed(although legally the crew of a Navy ship still won't be
    > required to be licensed).
    > I hope you didn't take my comment wrong about QMs going head to head
    > with merchant officers. That was in reply to someone who said that the
    > Navy had to look to the merchants to find a good navigator. The
    > Merchant
    > Marine Academy alumni that I have worked with definitely knew
    > navigation
    > and without a doubt were better trained in that area than graduates of
    > the Naval Academy or ROTC.
    > On a Navy ship the typical bridge watch includes:
    > Officer Of Deck (not necessarily an officer, I was qualified on my last
    > ship)
    > Junior Officer of the Deck and/or Conning Officer
    > Quartermaster of the Watch
    > Boatswain's Mate of the Watch
    > Helmsman
    > At least two lookouts
    > Phone talker communicating with the lookouts and CIC
    > And then we still several guys in CIC (Combat Information Center), who
    > are also navigating as a cross-check on the quartermaster and watching
    > the radar as a cross-check on the OOD.

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