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31 Association of the United States Navy You stand watch. How do you become a better decision-maker? You make a lot of decisions. Over time you're going to get better and better. But you're only going to do that if you engage, if you decide and if you learn. You've got to go out and do it. "You have to have a certain level of compe- tency to have confidence in what you are doing. ey are intrinsically linked," Robertson said. "If you're not competent, you will not be confident, and your leadership will be greatly affected." e simulators replay actual incidents, so students can see what contributed to acci- dents, and can place students in situations they don't face oen, such as extremely heavy traffic, adverse environmental conditions like heavy weather, or evolutions like a med moor or mooring to a buoy. "You can do challenging scenarios over and over to generate experience," said Callas. "Experience is our shield against disaster and adversity," Callas said. n CAPT Edward Lundquist, USN (Ret.) writes for naval and maritime trade and professional journals. He reported this story from Newport, R.I. Upon Further Review … The Comprehensive Review made recom- mendations to instill the needed capabili- ties and proficiencies to make the surface force safer and more effective in the following five areas: 1. Fundamentals. Basic skills such as seamanship and navigation, rigor in indi- vidual qualification processes, proficiency and adherence to existing standards. 2. Teamwork. The extent to which the surface force deliberately builds and sustains teams, and whether they are tested with realistic and challenging scenarios. 3. Operational safety. The process and tools by which ships are made ready for tasking, ships are employed and tech- nology is used to safely operate at sea. 4. Assessment. The extent to which ships and headquarters plan, critically self-as- sess, generate actionable lessons learned and share knowledge across the force. 5. Culture. The sum of the values, goals, attitudes, customs and beliefs of the surface force that defines its identity. Students in the Advanced Division Officer Course in Newport, R.I., practice ship handling and bridge resource manage- ment in the Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE-3) simulator May 23, 2017. The ability to practice ship handling in a simulated environment offers students an opportunity to hone their ship handling techniques, platform familiarity and knowledge of standard commands.

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