, the center's civilian meteorologist , said most captains prefer to avoid waves taller than 12 feet and wind conditions greater than 35 knots ( about 39 mph ).
It's the OTSR's job to get them from point A to point B , Swatzell
said - if possible , avoiding such extreme weather conditions.
But , he
added , the final decision on a route rests with the ship's captain and , ultimately , the fleet commander.
Anyone who thinks Navy ships are too big and indestructible to worry about heavy weather need only remember the events of Dec. 18 , 1944.At the height of the war in the Pacific , Adm.
They try to spot trouble five or six days ahead of time , Swatzell
said , and offer options for diverting a ship 48 hours in advance.
We keep a constant picture of where everybody is and where they're headed , he
The 7th Fleet is fortunate that its two primary ports - Yokosuka and Sasebo - are both considered typhoon havens.Not every port is so lucky.
Apra Harbor , Guam , and the ports of Naha and Buckner Bay in Okinawa are almost completely unprotected from wind or waves.Pusan and Inchon in South Korea , also are considered unsafe during typhoons.Chinhae , South Korea , is considered safe only for small ships.