Although each ship class has a different bridge
design with different equipment, all have a bridge
in which the movement of the ship is controlled.
Just as each ship is run by the bridge watch team,
Basic Military Requirements, NAVEDTRA
officers in tactical command must be able to
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communicate their orders to all ships assigned.
Program Management Support Activity,
For this purpose, communication and radar
Pensacola, Fla., 1992.
antennas are placed on all naval ships.
Entire books could be written on many of the
Seaman, NAVEDTRA 10120-J, Naval Education
pieces of equipment found on a ship. This chapter
and Training Program Management Support
has exposed you to only a few of them.
Activity, Pensacola, Fla., 1986.
THE CROW (THE BIRD, NOT THE RATING BADGE) WAS AN
ESSENTIAL PART OF THE EARLY SAILORS NAVIGATION
THESE LAND -LUBBING FOWL WERE CARRIED ON
BOARD TO HELP THE NAVIGATOR DETERMINE WHERE THE CLOSEST
LAND LAY WHEN THE WEATHER PREVENTED SIGHTING THE SHORE
IN CASES OF POOR VISIBILITY, A CROW WAS
RELEASED AND THE NAVIGATOR PLOTTED A COURSE CORRESPOND-
ING WITH THAT OF THE BIRDS, BECAUSE IT INVARIABLY
HEADED TOWARD LAND.
THE CROWS NEST WAS SITUATED HIGH IN THE MAIN MAST
WHERE THE LOOKOUT STOOD HIS WATCH.
OFTEN, HE SHARED
THIS LOFTY PERCH WITH A CROW OR TWO SINCE THE CROWS
CAGES WERE KEPT THERE: HENCE THE CROWS NEST.