IamA civilian ship Deck Officer currently employed by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command and I'll be navigating across the globe AMA!
I am currently a Third Officer employed by USN's MSC. MSC ships are primarily manned by Civilian Mariners (CIVMARs) and we sail wherever the U.S. Naval warships go. Our main purpose is to resupply U.S. and Allied vessels with fuel, ammuniton, food, and other stores. I graduated from Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state academies across the United States with a degree in Marine Transportation and 3rd Mate license in hand. My primary responsibility is the safe navigation of the vessel at sea, as well as the security and safety of the vessel when in port. Make no mistake, our jobs as watch officers can be demanding, and the lives and safety of the crew and environment must be taken into consideration at all times.
We have been trained in many areas including terrestial/celestial/electronic navigation, varying seamanship, first aid, basic and advanced shipboard firefighting, firearms qualification, damage control, lifeboat and rescue boat command, deck maintenance, shipboard stability, dry and wet cargo operations, etc.