Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1992. Thirteenth Edition. First Printing [stated]. Hardcover. viii, , 353,  pages. Color endpaper illustrations--flags and signals. Illustrations. Tables. Appendices. Suggested Readings and References. Index. Several pages creased and there are some small tears. Some wear board corners. Ink name inside front board and flyleaf. James George Stavridis (born February 15, 1955) is a retired United States Navy admiral, currently an Operating Executive with The Carlyle Group and Chair of the Board of Counselors at McLarty Associates. In August 2018, he stepped down as the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a graduate school for international affairs. Stavridis serves as the chief international diplomacy and national security analyst for NBC News in New York. He is also chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. From 2002 to 2004, Stavridis commanded Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, conducting combat operations in the Persian Gulf in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Almost as essential to a successful bridge watch as a helm, this guide has long been a primary source of information for standing a taut, safe, and efficient watch. The edition has been updated but the timeless basics are reassuringly still there. Safe navigation, standard commands, honors and ceremonies, communications, weather, and practical advice on the keeping of a deck log are among the many subjects covered in this comprehensive book. Practical checklists and samples help watchstanders meet the demands of challenging evolutions such as getting underway, entering port, and night steaming. Whether the watch is on the bridge, on the quarterdeck, or in the combat information center, the prudent watchstander will do well to adhere to the advice of a famous ad campaign: "Don't leave home without it." This edition offers a great deal of new material, including sections on the rules of the road, weather, and engineering. It has a quick reference guide for the office of the deck, including many tricks of the trade that make shiphandling so challenging and rewarding. Much of the other material in the volume has been reviewed, brought into line with current practice, and improved. This represents the state-of-knowledge, the state-of-practices, and the state-of-the-art at the time of the First Persian Gulf War. Watchkeeping or watchstanding is the assignment of sailors to specific roles on a ship to operate it continuously. These assignments, also known as at sea watches are constantly active as they are considered essential to the safe operation of the vessel and also allow the ship to respond to emergencies and other situations quickly. These watches are divided into work periods to ensure that the roles are always occupied at all times, while those members of the crew who are assigned to work during a watch are known as watchkeepers. On a typical seafaring vessel, be it naval or merchant, personnel "keep a watch" in various locations and duties across the ship, such as the bridge and engine room. Typical bridge watchkeepers include a lookout and a deck officer who is responsible for the safe navigation of the ship; whereas in the engine room, an engine officer ensures that running machinery continues to operate within tolerances. Condition: Good.
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