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TSN Handbook

posted Sep 24, 2012 16:59:06 by xavierwise.tsn

I am Captain Xavier Wise of the TSN Starship Falcon. I have taken it upon myself to begin compiling the knowledge and experience of Captains and Crews serving as sailors of the Terran Stellar Navy in to a single operational handbook, detailing standard practises aboard vessels, tactics and the roles undertaken by officers and sailors. It is my intention that captains and crews use this handbook to develop and improve their performance during standard operations (although they are in no way obliged to implement the handbook aboard their ships).

The handbook is currently under development and will soon be ready to be issued. In no way will it be a complete work, however, and updates will be issued periodically as our collective knowledge and practises evolve and develop. Should you wish to contribute your knowledge or experience as a serving officer or captain, then you can send a transmission to As a serving captain, I hope you will respect that I may not able to reply to your communication as my duty is to my mission, my ship and her crew. Please also note, this is not a technical manual of the control systems aboard TSN vessels or the operational functions of officer's stations. Technical and training manuals are available elsewhere. Instead, this handbook focuses on the leadership of the captain, the interactions of the crew and the vital roles they play aboard an operational vessel.

As part of this transmission I have included a short extract from the handbook in order to give you an idea of it's content.

Captain Xavier Wise

Included below is a short passage taken from the TSN Handbook. This passage is taken from the section of the handbook that presents the role of the captain. It includes quotes collected during two interviews; the first conducted with a serving Captain; the second conducted with a Helms officer.

The Importance of Standardising Orders Aboard Your Ship

“The bridge crew doesn’t sit silent. On operations information and orders fly back and forth continually. Having clear orders that I can issue means I can cut down on the amount I have to say to get my crew to do what I want them to do.”

“I don’t just sit there and listen to my captain, I listen to everyone on the bridge.”

By having a standardised set of orders, that are quick, effective and to the point, your bridge crew can quickly understand what you want and then get on with their jobs, passing information to one another as required. If you are constantly issuing long and complicated series of orders, either your officers will be trying to focus on you too much and miss out on vital information from other stations, or they will misinterpret or not even hear your orders because they are trying to listen to too many things at once.
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FFDilithiumCryst said Sep 25, 2012 03:42:26
This is just what we need! A common sense handbook for captain & crew!!!

This handbook will make Artemis 10 times more effective in missions!

Can't wait!!!!!!!!

But after you make this handbook, can you consider making a technical manual?
The U.S.S. 結晶 (Crystal) in Fremont, CA is now operational as of November 3, 2012.
Win Count: 5-0 (between LV. 4-8)
Pronounced: Kesshō

"Luck exists in its leftovers."
xavierwise.tsn said Sep 25, 2012 10:14:05
Below is another passage taken from the Handbook. The passage has been copied from the section that details the captain's role aboard their vessel. Both the quotes within this passage are taken from interviews with serving captains.

Let Your Officers Do Their Jobs

As Captain, you are the leader of a team of trained and competent officers. Whether they are fresh officers, straight out of training, or hardened veterans, aboard your ship, each will have an assigned role to perform. Remember, they react to your orders, but they can also act on their own initiative.

“Managing a crew effectively is difficult. The crew must function as a unit, a single entity, working together to achieve its goal. Allow members of your crew too much autonomy and confusion will rein aboard your ship. Communication will break down and at best, you will achieve your mission with minor success. However, you must trust them. Allow them some freedom to operate, to do their jobs. You are not the helmsman, or the weapons officer, you are the captain!”

Trust is vital to effectively managing your officers. Trust that they will provide you with information you need. Trust they will get you to the heading you want. Trust they will engage the enemy as best they can.

“Repeatedly shouting ‘Fire Torpedo!’ during an engagement is pointless. The weapons officer knows he can fire torpedoes and will pick the optimal time to fire the damned things! He doesn’t need me to shout it constantly. I have other things to think about anyway, like the fact my shields might be about to fail!”

Remember, your officers know their own jobs. If they are aware of the plan, and you have instructed them on any limits, for example instructing your weapons officer to only use Primary Beams to conserve torpedoes, then they should be able to get on with their role confidently.
FeMonky said Sep 25, 2012 14:49:47
this is awesome. keep up the good work
xavierwise.tsn said Sep 29, 2012 10:18:46
I have prepared a version of the TSN handbook which I am going to make available to Officers and Captains today. The handbook is not completely finished; I intend to update it with new pages that can be added to a printed document, as well as a replacement for the PDF document.

The title is "Terran Stellar Navy; Officers Handbook". Within it, the handbook details what makes a skilled captain and a skilled officer. It outlines leadership qualities of a captain, and the duties of officers aboard the bridge. In addition, to this it includes a section on tactics to use in battle situations, detailing the expectations of the different officer stations aboard the ship.

The file will be added to the Artemis Wiki page for Officers and Captains to download.

I am issuing this first version unfinished as I would like feedback on its content and for captains and officers to contribute their knowledge.
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