Ready-for-Sea Handbook
United States Naval Reserve Intelligence Program

United States Naval Reserve

Intelligence Program


Modular Course & Handbook







Prepared by:

Naval Reserve Intelligence Program

Reserve Intelligence Area Four

Naval Air Station North Island

San Diego, California

April 09, 1999




Introduction & Acknowledgments

This course is designed to provide the minimum essential information for drilling naval reservists prior to performing an annual training period (AT) at Sea. Naval Reserve intelligence professionals can expect to go to sea on a variety of platforms—everything from small frigates to aircraft carriers. Although the platform may vary, the goals and missions of intelligence support to deployed ships of the fleet do not. For purposes of instruction, this course uses the example of an aircraft carrier intelligence center (CVIC), the ultimate example of afloat intelligence incorporation, in order to present the broadest possible exposure to shipboard intelligence. The goal of this program is to allow each reservist to report aboard, integrate quickly into the CVIC (or other intelligence spaces), fully utilize every hour onboard for training, and finally, to do all of the above safely and effectively.

The course begins with the basics of survival aboard a U.S. Navy warship. Subsequent modules will provide a baseline of useful technical information to make your time onboard effective and rewarding. Course coverage begins with a description of the national intelligence community and proceeds module by module working down to what you will need to know on a watch-to-watch basis in the intelligence spaces aboard a carrier (CVIC). Enough information will be provided to allow you to navigate within the ship and within the functional areas of CVIC. The non-classified aspects of the intelligence systems (e.g., purposes and functions) will be stressed. This course will not train you to become a full system operator, but it will give you a good introduction to the type of intelligence processing systems likely to be encountered aboard ship.

The organizers of this course made every attempt to include and provide you with invaluable information that will be useful during a typical twelve to fourteen day period of AT-at-Sea. The sum knowledge and experience gained from active duty at sea simply can not be obtained from shore based commands.

It is important to realize that this is a living, breathing document. The topics covered in this course invariably change faster than they can be documented. Nevertheless, the course designers endeavored to cover, where possible, those topics which endure and retain value to the drilling Naval Reservist. Changes and recommendations from course participants and instructors are welcomed. Please send your inputs, suggestions, corrections, and observations to the following address:

Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific


Intelligence Readiness Cell

33000 Nixie Way, BLDG. 50, Suite 207

San Diego, CA 92135-5012

Attn.: Ready-For-Sea Course Editor