Commanding Officer, CDR Eric Johnson, oversees ENS Brianna Pacheco as she navigates the ship from the aft conning station. ENS Pacheco demonstrated her navigation skills to bring a buoy thrown off the the ship around to the starboard side for retrieval. An official letter was attached to the buoy – designating her as a qualified Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer
! This means she possesses all the skills required to maintain a competent navigation watch, and she is thoroughly familiar with the ship, its operating and safety systems, and can effectively take care of her own safety as well as that of the ship. Download larger version (jpg, 7.6 MB).