The Navigation Brief
The purpose of the navigation brief is to provide a standard procedure
that all ships follow prior to getting under way or entering port. The
briefing is presented by the navigator to the commanding officer and all
key personnel and provides a forum for discussion of the anticipated
ship movement. The joint Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic
and Pacific Instruction 3530.2, Navigation Standards and Procedures,
provides specific guidance on the minimum requirements of the contents
of the navigation briefing.
The following table lists items that may be found on the navigation brief
and is meant for illustrative purposes only. Do not rely solely on this
table but rather the joint instruction 3530.2 when constructing a
All key individuals are identified by name; for
example, the OOD, JOOD, EOOW, CICWO,
and helm safety officer.
All charts and tracks are reviewed. Information
briefed includes items such as course and speed
of each leg, all dangers and hazards, NAVAIDs,
port requirements, demarcation lines, emergency
anchorages, and turn bearings.
The status of the engineering plant is reported.
The status of all navigation equipment is
Tide and current data is briefed for each leg of
the transit. Forecasted weather is briefed.
Pilot and Tugs
Pilot pickup or drop off is briefed along with the
number of tugs anticipated.
The actual construction of the navigation brief varies from ship to ship.
Some ships use preapproved forms while others use word processors or
data bases to construct a navigation brief. For either case the senior
Quartermaster and the navigator usually gather all required information
for the navigation briefing.