snow, and so forth. During periods of restricted
visibility, the importance of the lookout's job increases.
Now the lookout is not only the eyes but also the
ears of the ship. The job now requires a special skill
which must be based on a thorough knowledge of what
to do and how to do it.
This watch is stationed during fog or conditions of
reduced visibility. The watch is stood in those locations
where approaching ships can best be seen or heard. (See
figure 17.) It is the duty of the fog lookouts to stand
a vigilant watch and to detect and report everything
within sight or hearing. A lookout's hearing must not
be impaired by S/P telephones. Accordingly, the
lookout is assisted by a phone talker who is in direct
or indirect communication with the OOD and the
lookout talker/plotter in CIC. The fog or restricted-
visibility lookout's sectors of responsibility are as
FORWARD LOOKOUT: Stationed as far forward
and as close to the waterline as possible. Sector extends
30° on each side of the bow (330° - 030°).
Figure 17.Restricted-visibility stations.