10 September 2009

NIght Piloting / Navigation Class 2

So I forgot to bring my camera, but it was night, so not much to see anyway. Last night we took Liberator and Growler for our second Night Navigation and Piloting course on the East River. Small groups of midshipman had the opportunity to pilot the vessels through the harbor and into the narrow Rikers Island Channel for practice in a lit buoyed channel. Lots of practice with radio comms, traffic management, and tight quarters shiphandling. Standouts aboard Liberator were Plebes Kate O'Connor conning through the bridges (I think she has it in her blood,) Plebe Erika Lawson making a great first time (and very complicated) security call, and Jeff Musselman 3/c bringing the boat into the basin and docking on a dark night.

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