The first new book on naval shiphandling in more than a generation, this guide helps beginning and intermediate shiphandlers learn and perfect a skill an important to their naval careers whilst at the same time offering useful hints to seasoned pros. The book reflects the entire many changes that have occurred in latest decades and is the first to cover using shiphandling simulators. The writer, a skilled shiphandler with years of experience in nearly each and every type of Navy vessel, helps novice shiphandlers get the most out of their opportunities, whether handling real ships or simulators. Captain Barber tells readers everything they wish to know about forces acting on the ship, getting underway, making a landing, transiting the channel, and underway replenishment. Standard commands for both ships and tugs are included, along side needed information on using tugs and pilots. Voyage planning, emergency shiphandling, tactical maneuvering, and more are covered in detail. A chapter is devoted to the special shiphandling characteristics of quite a lot of classes of naval vessels. An introduction to the Rules of the Road is provided in an appendix.