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 Xavierwise.TSN@gmail.com
. 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.