General Duties of the QMOW, Continued
As prescribed by Naval Regulations, the navigator must report the ships
position to the commanding officer. These reports, called Ships
Position Reports, are prepared and submitted three times a day; 0800,
1200, and 2000. The report provides the commanding officer with the
ships current position, how it was determined, distance traveled since
the last report, distance to the destination, and compass information.
The completed report is submitted to commanding officer about 5 to 10
minutes prior to the appointed hour. As the QMOW, you may be tasked
with providing some of the information for the report. Normally you
would begin the report about one-half hour prior to the appointed hour
and fill in position and compass information only.
Another duty of the QMOW under way is to observe sunrise and sunset.
The times of sunrise and sunset are normally determined for the entire
transit prior to departing port. To observe sunrise, turn off running
lights, report to the OOD, and make deck log entry when the Sun
appears on the horizon.
To observe sunset, energize and check for
proper operation of all running lights, report to the OOD, and make deck
log entry when the Sun disappears from the horizon.
As QMOW, you may be required to render honors to passing honors to
U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, or foreign Navy ships. This applies to small
boats carrying official parties also. The following table lists the
procedure to be used to render honors. Complete infomation on honors
and ceremonies can found in chapter 12 of Naval Regulations and BM
Close aboard equals 600 yards for ships and 400 yards for boats.
When close aboard with the bow of each ship about to pass, the
junior vessel sounds the command ATTENTION TO PORT OR
When abreast, the junior vessel sounds the command HAND
When the senior acknowledges the rendered honors, the junior
vessel sounds the command CARRY ON.