New user here looking for a venue to discuss maritime operations and various topics.
A little background on myself, I’m a submariner in the USN. Not a lot of time spent on the surface with you guys, only coming in and going out of port. Our service in general has a relative lack of experience when it comes to navigating as well as interactions.
I’m currently assigned as an instructor for one of the schoolhouses, and one of the courses I teach is on surfaced contact management and the ROR. It would be awesome if I could use this forum to discuss questions from the course and get students answers to the questions I’m asked (everyone from the junior NAV ET to the Captain of the ship).
Now that is out of the way, my first question.
Do you routinely utilize the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) function for bridge-to-bridge communications, or do you simply hail other vessels on channels 13 and 16 using ship names/MMSI/etc.
Or even further, what is your preferred method of establishing communications on via VHF.